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Fourth straight record-breaking sweltering day

The Maui News

For a fourth straight day Wednesday, a heat record was established at Kahului Airport with temperatures topping off at 96 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

Wednesday was the third straight day of 95 degrees or higher temperatures. Wednesday’s high broke the record of 94 set in 1953.

The records set this week at Kahului Airport:

• Tuesday, 95 degrees, breaking the old record of 93 degrees set in 1995.

• Monday, 97 degrees, which tied the all-time high temperature ever at Kahului Airport. (It last hit 97 degrees on July 29). That broke the record of 94 degrees for the day set in 1996.

• Sunday, 94 degrees, breaking the 1977 record of 92 degrees.

The heat index, which is how it really feels when factoring in humidity, reached 100 degrees at 12:54 p.m. Wednesday.

The heatwave is expected to last into the weekend with high temperatures of 88 to 93 degrees today and Friday and 87 to 92 degrees on Saturday, the weather service said.

Today should be sunny with northerly winds shifting to the northeast in the afternoon, the weather service said. The overnight low temperatures are expected to be 71 to 77 degrees.

Lighter winds along with a wetter weather pattern are expected beginning Friday and continuing through the weekend as a moist and unstable air mass moves in from the east. A more typical trade winds weather pattern is expected to return early next week, the weather service said.