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96 degrees Sunday ties highest Maui temperature for October

The Maui News

The high temperature of 96 degrees on Sunday at Kahului Airport not only broke the record for the day but tied the highest temperature recorded for October by the National Weather Service.

Sunday’s high temperature broke the previous record of 94 degrees set in 1984.

Since 1954, there have been two other occurrences of 96 degrees for the month — on Oct. 3 and Oct. 6, 1996.

The highest temperature ever recorded at Kahului Airport was 97 degrees, which was tied twice last year.

It was a brutally hot weekend with Saturday also setting a heat record for the day, 94 degrees. That broke the previous mark of 93 degrees set in 1984.

“It’s been exceptionally warm this year,” said meteorologist Thomas Vaughan on Monday.

Light winds and an unsettled weather pattern are forecast for the week with a potent front expected to move across the islands the next couple of days, the weather service said. An area of low pressure is then expected to linger just north of the islands during the second half of the week, maintaining the potential for unsettled weather, including heavy showers and thunderstorms.

Flash flood watches were posted for Oahu and Kauai on Monday and may need to be expanded to other islands later, the weather service said.

Rain is expected in Maui’s central valley with a 70 percent chance of precipitation today, Wednesday and Thursday, the weather service said. The forecast for today is party sunny with scattered showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Numerous showers are expected in the afternoon.

High temperatures will be around 85 degrees with the overnight lows about 63 degrees.

Winds will remain light.

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