Temperatures dipped to a record low of 59 degrees at Lihue Airport on Kauai early this morning, while those in Kahului matched a record low of 58 degrees Fahrenheit today.
The record low of 59 degrees was recorded at 2:53 a.m. at Lihue Airport while the matching low of 58 degrees was recorded at 4:54 a.m. in Kahului, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Gavin Shigesato. The previous record low for Lihue was 60 degrees, set exactly 31 years ago in 1986.
Temperatures are still expected to dip below 70 degrees again early Saturday morning and Sunday around the state. There is a 40 percent chance of rain for Sunday morning’s Honolulu Marathon, said Shigesato.
A high surf advisory, meanwhile, remains in effect for the north-facing shores of the island chain from Niihau to Hawaii island until 6 p.m. this evening.
Due to the high surf advisory, the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency said Onekahakaha Beach Park will remain closed through the weekend. Kealoha, Wailena, Waiuli and Richardson’s Beach Parks in Keaukaha, Hilo, will open after debris cleanup is completed later today.
Forecasters say a ridge of high pressure will keep winds light over the islands through Saturday. Most areas will be rain-free, but there will be clouds, and possibly a few showers, focused over island interiors during the afternoons today and Saturday.
A weak cold front will reach Kauai late Saturday and stall across the central islands Sunday before washing out. Yet another front will move down the chain early next week.
The high surf advisory remains in effect, with surf of 10 to 15 feet, for north-facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii island, until 6 p.m. today.