Hawaii summers are warm and not too hot, while winter is… well, nearly the same! On average, yearly daytime temperatures range from the mid-70s to mid-80s, barely ever cracking the 90-degree mark. But because the islands of Hawaii are tropical, you will encounter many different climates depending on where in Hawaii you happen to be.
Whether you are planning on booking a fishing charter in Hawaii or want to hike for days, it’s a good idea to be prepared and to know what to expect of the weather. Hawaii locals will tell you that most days are beautiful, with very tolerable regular temperatures, so let’s take a look at some of the reasons for Hawaii’s consistent temperature.
Proximity to the Equator
For those of us long out of school, here’s a quick reminder of what the Equator is. The Equator is an invisible line that goes around the earth that is an equal distance from both poles. It divides the earth into two hemispheres, northern and southern, with the parallel line making up latitude 0 degrees.
Because Hawaii is at a lower latitude—in other words, near the Equator—it has less variation in temperature. So, there is a correlation between Hawaii’s minimal annual temperature variation and its proximity to the Equator. Areas at lower latitudes will see less seasonal variation in the length of days, as opposed to higher latitude areas. What’s more is the fact that temperatures don’t change drastically as day moves into night.
Constant flow of ocean air
As you know, the Hawaiian Islands are surrounded by ocean. There is a constant flow of cool ocean air blowing over and through the islands, only being cut by natural land features, trees or buildings. However, the temperature of the ocean water and ocean air varies depending on the season, and the distance the air has to travel inland affects the final temperature reading.
- Winds: Island winds don’t have a set pattern, except that it’s typical for winds to blow upward during the day and downward at night. Winds can get crazy on occasion, but are good at staying in one area, instead of roaming around the island. Then there are trade winds. Trade winds in Hawaii are relatively constant, offering a steady flow of air unless their path gets cut off or blocked by valleys, hills and mountains.
- Clouds and precipitation: Clouds that form under trade wind conditions below 4,000 feet produce moist air, and dry air at a height that’s between 4,000 and 8,000 feet. The state of the clouds has an effect on land temperature, no matter the season. In addition, Hawaii is known for its frequent light showers brought about by the moist clouds. Rain showers remain brief, and are often warm.
Thanks to Hawaii’s consistent temperature and pleasant year-round weather, just about any time is the perfect time to hop on a fishing charter in Hawaii! You are welcome to fish or simply come aboard to enjoy the scenery, watch whales or take photographs. Contact the friendly team at Sea Wife Charters for more information, or to book a fishing trip today!