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Honolulu heat index hits 100 degrees

It felt like it was 100 degrees outside today — and that’s no exaggeration.

According to the National Weather Service, the Honolulu temperature hit 90 degrees at 11:23 a.m. but the heat index reached triple digits at the 100-degree mark. (The heat index factors in the air temperature and relative humidity to provide a picture of what it really feels like outdoors.)

It didn’t get much better as the day progressed: By 2:53 p.m., the temperature was 89 degrees while the heat index was still a withering 97 degrees.

And although Hurricane Hector may be bringing rain to parts of the state, the storm can’t be blamed for the heat, the NWS said.

Expect more hot, humid weather Friday. Forecasters are predicting partly sunny skies with a high near 89. The heat index? As high as 97 degrees.

The record high for Aug. 9 is 93 degrees, set in 1987.

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