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Hilo, Lihue set high temperature records as surf advisory extended

  • NOAA / NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Clouds from a cold front that passed over Kauai and Oahu Friday night have stalled near Maui.

Sunny skies and warm, southwesterly winds helped Hilo and Lihue break high temperature records this weekend.

The high of 87 degrees at the Hilo airport broke the record for today’s date of 86 set in 1997.

On Friday, the high temperature at Lihue Airport hit 89 degrees, shattering a record for the date of 85 degrees reached in 1981 and 1967.

The temperature is also the highest recorded for the month of May on Kauai. The previous monthly record in Lihue was 88 degrees set in 1982.

Sunny skies are expected to continue on Kauai and Oahu on Mother’s Day, but cooling northeasterly tradewinds should keep temperatures below record levels. Windward and mauka areas could see the usual morning showers.

A cold front that passed over Oahu and Kauai Friday night stalled near Maui, bringing a greater chance of showers for windward Maui. The front could also bring some showers to the Big Island.

Meanwhile, a high surf advisory for south shores of all islands has been extended through 6 p.m. Sunday.

Forecasters expect waves of 5 to 8 feet. The breaking waves and strong currents could make swimming dangerous, the weather service said.

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