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No relief from record heat over Hawaii

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    Jodie Iha enjoyed an Asylum Bowl of shave ice Monday afternoon.
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    A weather system north of Oahu and Kauai is blocking the cooling tradewinds. This composite satellite image taken Monday morning shows clouds over Kauai and the Big Island.
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There’s no relief until later this week from the hot, humid summer weather over the state that’s tied or broken seven high temperature records so far this month.

On Sunday, a new record high temperature record for the date was set in Hilo. The high of 88 degrees at the Hilo Airport broke the old recorded of 87 set in 1980.

Maui also tied a record for the date with a 92 degree high temperature. The high at the airport tied a record set in 1969.

“It’s a very similar pattern with light winds, so we’ll be close (to record highs) again for the next couple of days,” said John Bravender, a meteorologist with the Honolulu office of the National Weather Service.

Forecasters expect more hot and humid weather through Wednesday.

A weather system north of Oahu is blocking the usual cooling tradewinds.

Forecasters expect light, variable winds on Kauai and Oahu with high temperatures between 85 and 91 degrees.

Ocean breezes from the south are bringing humid conditions in the afternoon and causing rain clouds to form over leeward and mauka slopes in the afternoons.

Some spots on Oahu got briefly heavy showers. Moanalua recorded more than 3.6 inches in the 24 hours ending at 5 a.m. More than 1.9 inches fell in Manoa and Punaluu Stream saw more than 1.8 inches. Leeward slopes on the Big Island also recorded locally heavy showers with about 2.2 inches falling at the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and 1.9 inches recorded at Honaunau.

Forecasters don’t expect heavy showers Monday and Tuesday over Oahu, but a band of moisture may move over Hawaii island later this week and could spread up the island chain.

Light tradewinds should return Thursday or Friday, providing some relief from the humidity. But temperatures will still be hot and close to record levels.

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