Cool conditions expected to persist through Friday

It’s been hot, and it’s been cold.

The temperature in Hilo on Monday dipped to 61 degrees, tying a record set in 2010, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

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“There’s cool north, northeast winds over cooler waters, bringing some cooler, drier temperatures to the state,” said NWS meteorologist Gavin Shigesato.

On Wednesday, the low in Hilo was 63 degrees, he said. That’s just shy of the record of 62 degrees and slightly below the normal temperature for that date of 65 degrees.

Shigesato said rather cool conditions will persist through Friday. Statewide, rainfall will increase later Friday and into the weekend.

Showers will hit Kauai first and move across the state, but Shigesato said it’s “iffy” whether that precipitation will reach the Big Island.

According to the NWS, trade winds will shift to a more typically easterly direction on Sunday then east-southeast early next week.

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Other weather records in Hilo recently have been broken.

A record high temperature of 86 was recorded in Hilo on March 25, breaking the record of 85, which was set in 2005. Another record temperature of 87 on March 24 tied the record set in 1972.

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