Bizarre weather in Hawaii continues with Hilo setting record temperature

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The wild weather roller coaster continued for Hawaii with Hilo setting a record-high temperature Wednesday.

After a few days of cool, wet weather, things seemed to heat up.

The National Weather Service said Hilo recorded a record-high temperature of 90 degrees, which broke the old record of 87 set in 1974.

It's odd to consider record-setting heat in early Spring just days after torrential rains, and damaging winds battered the Big Island, and snow capped its mountaintops.

On Monday, tornado-like conditions ripped the roofs of some homes on Pohai Street in Hilo. (Click here to see the damage.)

"For a minute or so, it was just strong gusts," said resident Dennis Kauka, who estimated winds easily topped 60 mph in the area. "Lots of roofs came off and went into neighbors' yards."

Forecasters say the storm may have spawned a tornado, or something called a microburst – where isolated strong winds occur from a thunderstorm.

Over the weekend, a blizzard warning was in effect for Big Island summits after heavy snow and winds battered Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.

Weather has since settled in the islands. Forecasters say conditions of the next few days are expected to be clear and sunny with no major weather makers.

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