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Hawaii weather is absolutly perfect for the tropical vacationer. Hawaii weather is tropical with remarkable differences in weather within short distances. This makes explaining where and when best to go quite tricky.

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Overall, Hawaii weather summer temperatures between May and October are warmer, peaking in August, and drier than the winter months. February and March are the coolest months when night temperatures on the coast fall to 15OC.

During summer, Hawaii weather north-easterly trade winds are more persistent and constant blue skies are not uncommon for weeks on end. In the winter months, Hawaii weather trade winds are often interrupted by other winds, bringing intervals of widespread cloud and rain. During heavy winter storms, brought on by the onset of Kona winds from the south-west, 3-4 inches of rain can fall in an hour. The windward west coasts are more exposed to these winter storms and often receive their mean rainfall in just a hand-full of these winter storms.

However, the most influencing factor of Hawaii weather is orographic - caused by the mountains. The higher the mountain the greater the extremes. Thus on the Big Island, Hawaii weather the windward coast (north-east) receives an average 130 inches of rain each year whilst the dry leeward coast (west), Hawaii weather protected from cloud by the 13,600 feet summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, receives less than 30 inches. Hawaii weather, even the west coast of the Big Island rainfall and cloud cover vary - whilst the coast is mostly sunny and dry, less than 5-miles inland on the slopes of Mt. Hualalai in South Kona, sunny mornings often give way to afternoon mists and light rain enriching the coffee farms.

Hawaii weather also changes 2OC for every 1000 feet making temperatures on Hawaii's highest peak fall consistently below zero in winter resulting in snow. The slopes of upcountry Maui and the Big Island, including Volcano National Park are therefore much cooler than the coast and a light jumper may be necessary in summer evenings with central heating, log fires and jumpers needed in winter. If you plan on visiting Mauna Kea on the Big Island or Haleakala on Maui, you'll be wise to take along a set of warm winter clothes. Hawaii Weather.

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