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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Those two-blanket nights are nearly over

By Mike Gordon
Advertiser Staff Writer

Good news for those of you thin-blooded O'ahu residents still huddling under that extra blanket: It's going to get warmer.

Looking like pedestrians on a street on the Mainland rather than Hawai'i, Rhonda Biffle, left, and Joni Asato were dressed for the cold while making their way up Bishop Street yesterday. The recent cool weather should give way to warmer temperatures, forecasters say.

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The overnight low of 68 degrees, recorded around 5 a.m. yesterday, was warmer than Sunday's low of 66 degrees and Saturday's low of 65, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Farrell.

A cool, dry air mass from the north blew through the state over the weekend.

"When the air is drier and the wind blows, it evaporates more water from your skin, so you feel colder," Farrell said. "When you have lived in the Islands for a while, you tend to notice it more."

Farrell predicted warmer temperatures tomorrow, with highs near 80 degrees and lows from the upper 60s to near 70 degrees.

"But by then, we will have more rain," he said.

But the chill might linger in some places, including Lana'i City and Kailua, Kona, with lows of 63 forecast for tomorrow.

The all-time low for February is 53 degrees, set in 1976.