Kilo brings extreme humid conditions to the state

Kilo brings extreme humid conditions to the state

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tropical Depression Kilo may be moving away from the islands, but the high humidity is sticking around.

"It is just humid, it's so humid," said University of Hawaii Manoa student Taryn Fuhrman.

"Everywhere you go you're just sweating, there's no escaping it."

Weather experts say lately, humidity values across the state have been ten percent higher than normal.

"It usually can't get much more humid than this, even in the tropics, and definitely for Hawaii, this is as about as humid as it gets," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Brenchley.

Brenchley said part of the reason is because of El Nino and warmer than normal water temperatures. He said he other reason is Kilo.

"We saw moisture wrapping around Kilo circulation and that came up across the islands yesterday during the day so that added additional humidity, additional mugginess to the air and it also fueled some thunder storms that we saw last evening," Brenchley said.

"I think every year it just gets hotter and hotter," Mililani resident Alvin Romero said.

Romero is right. In addition to the extreme humidity, Brenchley said we've seen abnormally high temperatures this summer with more 90-degree days than ever before.

Saturday night's low in Honolulu was 80 degrees and 81 degrees in Kahului.

"It's usually in the high 80's in the afternoons for this time of year. This year we're seeing low 90's each afternoon and sometimes even warmer in some spots," said Brenchley.

So to beat the heat, some people are hitting the beach or trying to stay hydrated.

"We sit in the cafeterias," Fuhrman said.

"Anywhere you find air conditioning, you stay there," UH Manoa student Sophie Strongman said.

"We're not trying to buy an AC to save money on the electricity but we gave in, we had to stay cool somehow," Romero said.

Unfortunately, Brenchley said there is not really an end in sight as far as the high temps go.

He said The Climate Predictions Center expects the above normal temperatures to continue through the rest of summer and into early winter.

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