LIHUE — Cooler temperatures on Kauai have been breaking records.
A record low temperature of 61 degrees Fahrenheit was set in Lihue on the morning of Nov. 20, 2 degrees cooler than the previous record last set for the date in 1985.
This occurred one day after another low temperature of 62 degrees broke the old record of 63 set for Nov. 19 in 1997.
“We had a front go through several days back, and that ushered in a cooler wind from the north,” said meteorologist at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Honolulu, Derek Wroe.
“When that came in, it was able to bring in some cooler drier air. Although we still see some showers coming through, it’s relatively dry.”
Cooler than average temperatures have dipped in the low-60s since Saturday. However, the record lowest Lihue temperature for the month reached a chilling 57 degrees on Nov. 25 in 1958.
“We’ve been running upwards of about 10 degrees below normal at Lihue for the maximum temperature and just a couple degrees below normal for high temperatures during the day,” Wroe said. “Bottom line is we’ve just had a nice front go through, and we’ve had some northerly winds after that. Usually we don’t see that stick around for more often than a day, but we’ve had several days of this northerly wind giving us a run of cooler weather that’s about to end.”
The surface low pressure system northeast of the island is weakening and moving to the northeast.
“We use the measure of dew point for the dryness of the air, it’s the temperature if you cool the air down that dew would start to form,” Wroe said. “Usually that number is 60s but it’s been running in the mid-50s. So that is what gives you that cooler crisp feel to the air.”
Cool breezes from the northeast are forecast through Friday. Along with 15 to 25 knot winds, scattered showers could also contribute to cooler temps across the island.
“It’s not going to warm up right away, so it will still be a little cooler for the next couple days, but the winds are going to pick up and be out of a more typical tradewinds direction,” Wroe said.
A strong high pressure system is building far northwest of the area, resulting in strong tradewinds during the second half of the week.
“It’s wonderful, it feels pleasant,” added Wroe.