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Another low temperature record falls in Hawaii


A third low temperature record has fallen as cold north winds bring unseasonably cool temperatures to the islands.

Wednesday’s low temperature of 59 degrees at the Lihue Airport broke a record low temperature set in 1956 of 60 degrees for this date.

It’s the third low temperature record to fall in the last couple of days.

The temperature at Honolulu International Airport dropped to 61 degrees Tuesday morning, below the date’s previous record of 62 degrees set in 2002.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in Honolulu is 52 degrees, marked on Jan. 20, 1969. Coincidentally, the coldest temperature ever recorded in Lihue — 50 degrees — falls on the same date.

It’s also cold on Hawaii island, where thousands are gathering this week for the annual Merrie Monarch Festival celebrating hula and Hawaiian culture.

Temperatures dipped to 58 degrees at Hilo Airport Tuesday morning, lower than the previous record of 60 degrees set in 1953.

Hilo hit an all-time-low of 53 degrees on Feb. 21, 1962.

National Weather Service forecasters say things should start to change Thursday as warmer trade winds return. But the winds are still light, so expect another night of long-sleeve and sweater weather this evening as temperatures dip into the 50s and low 60s.

Trade winds could also bring a few showers to the usual windward and mauka areas.

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