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Kahului sets fourth heat record for the month of November

Flash-flood watch Tuesday still left conditions mostly dry across county

The Maui News

Even as Maui moves deeper into fall, Kahului continues to break heat records, reaching 92 degrees on Tuesday that topped the old record of 91 degrees set on the same date in 1992, according to the National Weather Service.

It’s the fourth time Kahului has tied or broken a record this month. On Nov. 5, temperatures soared to 93 degrees, breaking the old record of 92 set in 1952. On Thursday, it was 90 degrees, tying the record set in 1991, and on Sunday, the high temperature of 92 degrees broke the old record of 89 set in 1992.

Maui County, meanwhile, was under a flash-flood watch for most of Tuesday, as an upper level low continued tracking east across Hawaii, creating unstable conditions and the potential for flash flooding.

It was relatively dry across the county, with the West Wailuaiki gauge in East Maui recording the most rain with 0.80 inch over a 24-hour period that ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The weather service emphasized that it does not have to be raining in a particular area for there to be flash flooding.