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Forecast Calls for More Cool Nights, Possible Thunderstorms

January 6, 2014, 5:41 PM HST
* Updated January 7, 12:48 PM
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Continuing instability above the state has forecasters saying there is still a chance of thunderstorms over the Big Island.

Locally heavy, scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible through Wednesday, the National Weather Service said today.

The reason is a low-pressure system in the upper atmosphere to the northeast of Hawaii, which is weakening as it moves closer to the state.

However, more instability is expected to arrive in the state next weekend, beginning with Kauai and Oahu.

The unstable atmosphere brought lightning and heavy showers to parts of Hamakua Sunday night.

As it was with the storm that pounded parts of the Big Island a week ago, the heaviest rain Sunday fell around Ookala which received nearly 2.5 inches overnight.

The low is also sending cool air our way which, combined with the cold front that passed over the island Friday then stalled to the east, brought cool – but not record cool — temperatures to the Big Island’s eastern side.

At Hilo’s airport, the temperature dipped to 61 degrees early this morning, which was three degrees warmer than the record for the date of Jan. 6.

The coolest night ever at the airport in January was 54 degrees, set on Jan. 10, 1995.

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