Weather comments this week sound like the three bears: some places are way too hot, some are too cold, but Hawaii is just right.

It is winter in the southern hemisphere and a Hawaii vacation is a warm escape. I visited with a couple from Perth, Australia this week who are very happy to be away from the rain and “cold”. This week’s forecast temperature range of 46 – 64 degrees is still mild compared with snowy mainland winters. However, they were basking in the warm sun of Waikiki.

My mother left 108-degree temperatures in Kansas when she came to Hawaii. Even the heat of the afternoon here is nothing compared with that! I see that she returned to a much cooler 98 degrees this week. At least nights are cooler there. My daughters live in Texas, and are suffering through highs above 100 during the day and night time lows of 80 with significant humidity.

The temperatures in Hawaii don’t change much, from day to night or from season to season. The highs are right around 85 during the day and overnight lows are around 75. It is not unusual to see a forecast for an entire week with the same highs each day and the same lows each night.

It is more humid in Hawaii than many other states. The average daytime humidity is around 70 percent, and it is about the same at night. I have spent summers in Texas, Atlanta and New Orleans, so Hawaii’s weather does not seem humid to me but it was noticeable for recent visitors from Kansas.

Overall, the weather is predictably consistent. The main variable is the amount of rain, which does vary by location and season. Hawaii is the only place I have lived comfortably with neither air conditioning nor heating – my apartment does not have a thermostat!


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