Record-breaking weather

LIHUE — Break out your oxybenzone-free sunscreen because forecasters say it’s going to be warm, sunny and humid all week.

Clear skies and light trades led to record-breaking temperatures on Kauai over the weekend, and National Weather Service meteorologists say the week leading into Memorial Day is going to be much of the same.

Saturday, the high temperature recorded in Lihue tied the record high at 85 degrees. That record was set in 2005. Sunday was exactly the same temperature — 85 degrees — breaking the 2017 record of 84.

NWS says it’s due to light winds and clear skies over the Aloha State.

“We haven’t had a whole lot of cloud cover coming in with the pattern of light trade winds,” said NWS forecaster Matt Foster on Monday. “When we have the trade winds blowing, but relatively light, those tend to be the warmest days.”

Forecasts point to trade winds staying light throughout the week, and even losing strength over the next few days.

That could trigger slightly lower temperatures because it allows clouds to build up over the islands.

“Essentially the winds have lightened up more since the weekend, so the highs will be close to what we’ve seen, but maybe a degree or two cooler,” Foster said.

A front is approaching from the west — but isn’t expected to affect Kauai.

“It’ll fall apart before it gets here and move northwest away from the islands,” Foster said. “We’ll stay (for a while) in this muggy, southeast flow. That’s pretty much going to be the weather pattern all week.”

  1. duhhhh! May 21, 2019 1:07 pm Reply

    Its been this way on most of the island for 3-4 weeks now, mahalo for the hot tip. NWS, indeed. Asleep at the wheel once again!

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