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Cold beverages, air conditioning help Kauaians cool down

LIHUE — Kauai residents are feeling the heat with record-breaking high temperatures recorded Saturday.

Lihue Airport reported a temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit that broke the Aug. 12 record of 88 set in 2007.

Many residents are coping with the summer heat by drinking extra water, staying indoors and using air conditioning and seeking shade.

“We got a brand new air conditioning unit,” said Kaeo Castillo of Waimea, who tends bar at Troy’s in Lihue. “We’re paying more for electric now, but I pick up more shifts to stay in the air conditioning…. If you’re hot, come in and stay cool. We got some nice cold beverages with nice cool air conditioning.”

The month’s heat record was tied with August 2015 for the top temperature during the 2000-2017 time frame. Although August is only halfway through, the record has already equaled the highest monthly temperature since NWS began recording for the area in 1950.

“Stay indoors with the fan or go to the beach,” said Carla Garren of Lihue. “It’s humid, but this is hurricane season; so just sit back and relax.”

Generally the island’s hottest time of year, August’s normal average temperatures are 79.7 degrees for Lihue, according to National Weather Service data.

“It keeps me out of the house and going to the beach or up the mountain to Kokee spending time with the kids.” Castillo said. “It beats staying at home.

“I actually had to use some sunblock at Polihale the other day,” he added.

Some residents say they haven’t notice much difference from summers in the past.

“I go from shade to shade and carry a lot of water,” said George Chad, who has been living in Lihue for 15 years. “Just keep it cool.”

A stationary high pressure system situated to the north-northeast of the island has created a steady flow of easterly tradewinds and low chances for any substantial precipitation.

“Don’t complain,” Castillo added. “Go jump into that cold ocean water, and enjoy what the island has for you.”

Through the upcoming week, tradewinds should remain consistent, and temperatures are forecast to stay about the same, according to the National Weather Service.

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