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Tropical depression weakens, could still bring rain Sunday

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    Tropical Depression 8E, seen in the far right of this image, is expected to weaken over the next three days.
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Tropical Depression 8E is weakening quickly and is now expected to fizzle long before it comes close to Hawaii. But what’s left of the storm could still bring wet weather to the islands Sunday and Monday.

The tropical depression is not expected to strengthen into a tropical storm and should weaken to a remnant by Friday, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

At 11 a.m. Hawaii time, the system was about 1,400 miles west-southwest of Baja California moving west at 14 mph. It had sustained winds of 35 mph and was expected to move into an area of drier air and cooler waters.

If it continues on its expected path, it could bring wetter tradewind showers starting Sunday.

Meanwhile, record temperatures could continue Tuesday and light winds over the islands may bring afternoon clouds and rain over leeward and interior sections.

Highs of between 83 and 93 degrees are expected Tuesday.

In Honolulu, Monday’s high temperature of 91 degrees tied the record for the date. The record was set in 1995. High temperatures at Honolulu Airport are expected to remain at 89 or 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.

Some relief is on the way.

Tradewinds of 15 to 20 mph should return Wednesday.

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