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With Memorial Day just past and our thoughts turning to summer, Kyle wrote to us from Illinois asking:
What's the summer weather really like in Honolulu?
Kyle, we can assure you that summers in the middle of the Pacific are warm. Checking out the resources available, the average high/low temperatures in Honolulu are: June 87°F/73°F, July 88°F/74°F, August 89°F/75°F, September 89°F/74°F. And although it may rain a few times, the average accumulation in the summer is about 0.5 inches per month. Hurricanes are extremely rare here as are tsunamis.
The past few summers have started out nicely and the humidity increased in August and September. About 70% of the time, the winds are blowing from the east (trade winds) and the humidity disappears. Other times the air may be still and the humidity weighs heavily (never as bad as summers in Chicago or Atlanta). A quick dip in the ocean or pool rectifies any discomfort!
There are times when rain-bearing winds blow over the islands from the SW or SSW in the opposite direction of trade winds. These are called Kona winds and they usually don't last longer than a day. The professional predictions for this year…
From the Farmer's Almanac:
Summer temperatures will be cooler than normal, on average, with slightly below-normal rainfall. The warmest period will be from the latter half of August into early September.
From the National Weather Service:
Models predict a tendency for above-normal temps in June, July and August. La Niña is favored to develop in the Summer of 2016. This may mean warm ocean temperatures for the Pacific.