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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 2:46 a.m., Sunday, June 3, 2007

Summer's near, but it's still chilly atop Mauna Kea

Advertiser Staff

Here's a chilling thought for a warm spring night.

The low temperature for tonight and the rest of the week at Honolulu International Airport is expected to be in the low 70s — not bad 'sleeping weather."

But at 2:30 this morning, the temperature at the University of Hawaii's two-meter telescope at an elevation of 13,824 near the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island, the outside temperature was a balmy 38.3 degrees.

The relative humidity stood at 10 percent and the winds were clocked at 25 mph, which dropped the wind-chill factor to 29 degrees.