What's The Weather Like in Hawaii?
The weather in Hawaii is one of the main reasons people vacation and move here. It's normally warm year-round, with little seasonal variance. Today we answer some of the most common weather questions about Hawaii.
Hawaii weather is overall pretty predictable. Somewhere around August and September we might have a few humid days - but overall, the trade winds from the Pacific ocean keep everything relatively dry and cool. We might have a few rainy days here and there but chances are the sun will come out and dry everything off by midafternoon.
What are the average temperatures in Hawaii?
Hawaii’s temperatures don't see much fluctuation throughout the year. There are really only two seasons in Hawaii - summer, which runs from May to October, and winter, from November to April. During the summer, the average daytime temperature at sea level is about 85°F. During the winter, temperatures run around 75°F, with temperatures at night approximately 10° to 15° lower than during the daytime.
That’s at sea level and slightly above. Hawaii does have different climate zones and diverse microclimates throughout the islands that does cause variance in the temperatures. Because of the shielding effects of volcanic mountains and the various elevations, Hawaii's climate ranges from tropical rain forests that get more rain than other areas, cooler Alpine regions, arid deserts, to the well known sunny beaches.
Is it Hot in Hawaii?
The term "hot" is relative. Compared to Alaska? Certainly, Hawaii could be considered hot. Compared to Nevada? Maybe not.
Hawaii in general doesn't get above 90°. If we do, it's typically due to some strange monsoon season happening across the Pacific. On average, our highest temperatures are around 88 to 89°, which is just about perfect for lounging by the pool, surfing in the waves, or beachcombing along the shores.
What are the Best and Worst Months to Go to Hawaii?
If you like the slightly hotter temperatures and lower chance of rain, some of the best times to visit weatherwise lie between March and September. This period is when just about all the islands see the highest temperatures and the lowest amounts of rain.
If you can even have a bad time in Hawaii, some of the 'worst' times are typically between mid-December through the new year. December is also the wettest month of the year and probably the coolest. This period also tends to have higher than average accommodation costs, plane ticket prices and rental car costs.
When is Hawaii's Rainy Season?
The amount of rainfall and climate generally vary based on the island, but the rainiest months during the year fall between October and February. The Big Island sees the least amount of rainfall, while Kauai, also known as the garden island, sees the most. Maui and Oahu are pretty much tied for second place.
Does Hawaii Get Cold?
Hawaii doesn't really get all that cold. You might see snow on some peaks during the cold portion of the year, but it rarely extends beyond that.
In Honolulu during the month of January, the highest temperatures were around 80° with the lowest around 65°. This gradually increases to the hottest months in July, August, and September and then it cools back off in November and December, with the highs reaching around 80 to 81° and the lows around 67°.
Does it Snow in Hawaii?
The short answer is yes. It does snow nearly every year but only at the very summits of our three tallest volcanoes, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and Haleakala. The snow melts pretty quickly, so if you want a chance to catch some snow in Hawaii you better do it between December and February.