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Record weather scorches state

Kahului reached 94 degrees Sunday, breaking the old record of 90 set on the same date in 1980, according to the National Weather Service.

The hot, muggy weather also registered 100 degrees on the heat index shortly before noon Sunday. The heat index measures how hot it actually feels with the humidity factored in.

Kahului also set a temperature record Saturday by reaching 93 degrees, breaking the old record of 91 degrees also set on the same date in 1980. At around noon Saturday the heat index registered 96.

Kahului has broken or tied nine daily heat records since the beginning of June, including 95 degrees June 6 and 7, which broke the all-time high for the month of June.

Hawaii continued to set record high temperatures statewide as summer officially began. Honolulu hit record high temperatures of 91 Tuesday, 92 Wednesday and a record-tying 90 degrees Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Hilo hit a record high 88 degrees Friday, while Lihue reached a record-tying 87 degrees Saturday.