HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The official start of winter is just over a month away, but you wouldn’t know it in the islands.
The state continues to rack up heat records during what National Weather Service forecasters have described as a “seemingly unprecedented” year of high temperatures.
From Jan. 1 through Friday, Hawaii has set or tied 281 record high temperatures at official Weather Service stations located at four island airports ― in Honolulu, Hilo, Lihue and Kahului.
Of those, 141 have been new heat records.
Here’s the breakdown by location:
- In Lihue, 31 records were broken and 29 records tied;
- In Honolulu, 20 records were set and 28 records tied;
- In Kahului, 50 records were set and 39 records tied;
- And in Hilo, 41 records were set, 44 records tied.
Forecasters are still trying to determine if this year has been the hottest on record in Hawaii.
Meanwhile, the records just keep coming.
In Kahului on Sunday, the thermometer hit 92 degrees. That breaks the old record of 89.
Hilo also set a new record high Sunday of 87 degrees, a degree higher than the previous record set in 1970.
This summer, the state experienced blistering conditions with highs in the mid-90s.
Scientists say a marine heat wave in the Pacific ― the second-largest ever recorded and potentially linked to climate change ― is largely to blame for the avalanche of record highs.