HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A record-breaking heat wave that began in late June is still keeping things sweltering in East Hawaii.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the National Weather Service says rainfall could briefly cool down the region this weekend.
The temperature in Hilo hit 88 degrees on June 28, beating the 1980 record of 87. National Weather service climate data shows that as June faded into July, Hilo either broke or tied 10 separate high-temperature records.
The last record-breaking high was Sunday, but NWS hydrologist Kevin Kodama says it has stayed unseasonably warm.
He says a lack of cooling rain and higher-than-average ocean temperatures have contributed to the heat. He says a typical July should see daily maximum temperatures of about 83 degrees, but this month Hilo hasn't had a daily high below 86.