For the 12th time in two weeks, Hawaii reached record temperatures.
The high temperature at the Hilo airport Tuesday tied a record of 88 for the date set in 1976. Lihue also tied a record with an 88 degree high, tying a record set in 1981.
It’s the 10th day of record temperatures in Hilo since Sept. 17.
Hilo tied a record high of 89 degrees on Monday that was set in 1974.
On Friday, Hilo set a record for the month of September with a 93 degree high temperautre. It beat the old record for Sept. 26 of 88 degrees set in 1995 and torched the previous high temperature record for September of 92 degrees set on September 21, 1951.
Forecasters say abnormally high sea temperatures are responsible for the hot weather.
Temperatures on the Big Island could reach 89 degrees Wednesday. Highs on other islands will range from 85 to 90 degrees.
The National Weather Service says the hot weather will continue and moisture in the air will create muggy conditions and possible afternoon showers.
But forecasters do not expect the widespread heavy rains and thunderstorms seen Monday.
The Waihee Pump station in Windward Oahu recorded the most rain on Monday with nearly 4 inches falling in the 24-hour period ending at 5 a.m. Luluku, also in Windward Oahu saw nearly 1.8 inches and a little less than 1.5 inches fell in Moanalua.
Wainiha on Kauai got 2.4 inches and more than 2.3 inches fell on Waialae. Lanai also saw significant rain with nearly 2.9 inches recorded.
Experienced surfers can cool off with town and country swells continuing through Thursday.
A high surf advisory is in effect for south shores, where waves of 7 to 10 feet Wednesday are expected to drop to 5 to 8 feet Thursday. The advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday.
North shores are expecting 6 to 10 foot surf, dropping to 5 to 8 feet Thursday.
West shores are expected waves with faces of 5 to 8 feet, decreasing to 4 to 6 feet Thursday.
East shores should see surf of 2 to 4 feet through Thursday.