Hawaii's Weather & Climate - Big Island Hawaii
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You have heard the islands described as a paradise, a virtual tropical oasis. If anything it is Hawaii’s weather which has made it such a major holiday destination.
Throughout the archipelago the weather is pretty regular with only a very slight annual seasonal change. The summer months extend from May through to October where the temperature usually sits at around 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Come November winter starts to set in and lasts through to April. Visitors will not notice much of a temperature change as there is only a drop in a couple of degrees. Unarguably Hawaii is a text book tropical weather dream destination.
Each island can be said to have a wet and dry side. Winds blowing across the individual islands are usually forced upwards by mountains and volcanoes causing air to condense resulting in the formation of rain clouds. The windward side of any island is thus characteristically wetter. Generally speaking however the wettest months are during the winter, this said because the rainfall patterns are so localized the chance that the weather will put a damper on vacation plans are pretty slim.
Hawaii’s Water and Surf Conditions - The surfing in Hawaii is legendary, but the question is how does the weather in Hawaii affect the surf? What delights many holiday makers is the consistency of the water temperature, very rarely does it fluctuate more than a couple of degrees. On average the temperature sits at 74°F. The changing seasons does however affect the size and strength of the waves. Winter is surf season, a time when waves take on new energy and ferocity. Swimming conditions during this time of year become less favourable and visitors should keep a lookout for any flag warnings that discourage such activities.
Packing for Hawaii’ Weather Conditions
Ideally you want to pack light clothing, do not waste your time with bulky jackets and coats. As stated previously the temperatures seldom falls much below 80 °F, and in the event you travel to the cooler mountain regions you can simply add on a couple more layers. The only other necessity is a good sunscreen. Life on Hawaii is very orientated towards the outdoors and it is possible to burn quite badly.
For more detailed information on the weather conditions on each of the islands please use the menu running along the top.