Record-breaking heat in Hilo

Record-breaking heat in Hilo

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The first eight days of July included four days of record-high temperatures for East Hawaii.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the National Weather Service says Hilo International Airport measured the record highs starting Friday. The 87-degree high matched the previous 1974 record for July 3.

Hilo reached 88 degrees for the Fourth of July, breaking the previous record by one degree. Temperatures continued to tie records on Sunday and Tuesday.

National Weather Service forecaster Pete McDonald says there can be a relatively high degree of error in the measurements. And Hawaii's temperatures vary so little that even a slight change can set a record.

But McDonald notes that Hawaii is clearly getting some warm weather, a trend likely influenced by El Nino. Tropical Storm Ela may also raise humidity levels.

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