Kahului sets a new heat record Flash-flood watch, high-surf advisory still in effect
The Maui News
A high temperature of 92 degrees in Kahului on Sunday broke the old record of 89 set on the same day in 1992, according to the National Weather Service.
It’s the third time Kahului has tied or broken a record this month. On Thursday, temperatures reached 90 degrees, tying the old record set in 1991. And on Nov. 5, it was 93 degrees, breaking the old record of 92 set in 1952.
The National Weather Service also extended a high-surf advisory for the north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and the north-facing shores of Maui through 6 a.m. today.
While the current large swell has been decreasing, it remains somewhat elevated, the weather service said. Surf was expected to steadily drop and fall below advisory levels Sunday night, with waves reaching 10 to 15 feet along north-facing shores of both Molokai and Maui.
Impacts include strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents, making swimming difficult and dangerous. Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should listen to advice from ocean safety officials.
Meanwhile, a flash flood watch is in effect for the state through this afternoon, as a trough of low pressure lingers across the island chain through today, while an upper level low moves overhead. This will produce very unstable conditions across the state, bringing the potential for periods of heavy rainfall and flash flooding, the weather service said.
Campers and hikers are advised to reschedule their outings.
In the event of heavy rains or rising water, the weather service advises moving to high ground immediately. It does not have to be raining heavily in an area for flash flooding to occur.
For updates, tune in to local radio and TV stations, or listen to NOAA Weather Radio, call (866) 944-5025 or visit weather.gov/hawaii.
Prerecorded advisories and notifications are also available on the 24-hour automated county system by calling 986-1200.