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Tropical cyclone could approach isles by Saturday

  • NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

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Tropical Depression 8E formed in the eastern Pacific on Monday and could be in Hawaiian waters by the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center. Satellite passesindicate a well-defined circulation center and wind speeds of about 35 mph.

At 8 p.m. Monday, the storm was 1,906 miles east-southeast of Hilo and moving west-northwest at 14 mph, the center said.

The cyclone is not expected to intensify much due to persistent moderate northwesterly vertical wind shear, the center said. Also, the cyclone will be moving over cooler watersin another three days.

There will also likely be occasional intrusions of drier and more stable air, which lies just to the north of the forecast track.

If 8E becomes a tropical storm in the eastern Pacific, as expected, it will be named Guillermo, the National Weather Service said.

Meanwhile, easterly tradewinds will remain in the gentle to locally moderate range through Tuesday, weak enough to allow afternoon sea breezes to set up along most leewardareas, the weather service said.

Showers will remain focused across windward areas, with spotty afternoon showers developing across leeward areas. Locally fresh tradewinds and typical windward and maukashowers pattern will return on Wednesday, with an increase in showers possible during the weekend.

In Honolulu, a high temperature of 91 degrees tied the record for the date.

The record was set in 1995. 

The high temperature at Honolulu Airport is expected to remain at 89or 90 degrees through the week.

On Sunday, a high of 94 degrees in Kahului broke the record for the date. The old record of 92 was set in 1969.

On Saturday, a high of 89 degrees in Hilo tied the record set in 2003.

And on Friday, a high of 87 degrees in Lihue tied the record set in 1982.

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