Hawaii Weather & Climate

Located 2,365 km above the equator, Hawaii has a tropical climate that enjoys fantastic weather year round. Winter barely exists in Hawaii with its two main seasons characterised by a warm winter and an even warmer summer. Thankfully, the islands are cooled by trade winds that provide a refreshing breeze even in the really hot weather. As each island features impressive mountains in their centre, temperatures also cool the further inland you are.

When considering travelling to Hawaii, March to May is generally recommended as the best time to visit as this is when the islands experience the pleasant spring weather where the days are cooler, the waters are calmer and there is less rainfall. Although it should come as no surprise that summer and winter are also popular times to visit, especially during Christmas and Easter time which tend to draw large crowds.

Possibly one of Hawaii's greatest past times, surfing is extremely popular and the islands are home to some of the world's most famous swells and breaks including Pipeline and Waimea. Although these waves are not recommended unless you're an experienced surfer, being a spectator is just as exciting. There are also a number of surf schools that operate out of the islands and will guide you to protected swells that will enable you to find your feet. Hawaii's best surfing takes place from October to March.

Hawaii Climate Overview

SEP-NOV Autumn, Great waves, Decent rainfall mostly at night
DEC-FEB Winter, Highest rain for the year, Huge waves
MAR-MAY Spring, Most Pleasant, Smaller waves, Good for swimming
JUN-AUG Summer, Highest temperatures for the year, Minimal amount of rain

Monthly Temperatures for Honolulu


HonoluluJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Max Temp C272828292930313131302927
Min Temp C191919202122232323222220

Hawaii Weather Forecast

Current

Rain
20°
light rain

Forecast

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20°
Mon
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21°
Tue
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23°
Wed
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24°
22°
Thu
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25°
22°
Fri
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25°
23°

Hawaii Annual Average Climate

Averages Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rainfall (mm) 174 150.6 183.9 165.5 122.4 89.8 122.8 123.1 97.3 130.4 182.3 185.9
Temp (°C) 20.2 20.2 20.4 21.1 21.9 22.9 23.4 23.7 23.4 23.2 22.1 20.4
Min Temp (°C) 15.5 15.6 15.9 16.7 17.7 18.6 19.1 19.5 19.1 18.9 17.8 16.3
Max Temp (°C) 24.2 24.3 24.3 25 26.1 27 27.3 27.8 27.7 27.4 25.8 24.5

Hawaii Annual Average Temperature Graph (°C)

Hawaii Annual Average Rainfall Graph (mm)