Average Weather in Honolulu Hawaii, United States
In Honolulu, the summers are hot, oppressive, and dry; the winters are comfortable and humid; and it is windy and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 68°F to 87°F and is rarely below 63°F or above 89°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 27 to October 14, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is August 23, with an average high of 87°F and low of 76°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from December 13 to April 1, with an average daily high temperature below 81°F. The coldest day of the year is January 28, with an average low of 68°F and high of 79°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Honolulu, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Honolulu begins around December 8 and lasts for 4.3 months, ending around April 17. On January 18, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 79% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 21% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around April 17 and lasts for 7.7 months, ending around December 8. On October 31, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 41% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 59% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Honolulu varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from October 15 to March 31, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 25% on January 11.
The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from March 31 to October 15. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on June 20.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 25% on January 11.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Honolulu experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 11 months, from July 6 to May 27, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 1, with an average total accumulation of 2.6 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 1.4 months, from May 27 to July 6. The least rain falls around June 12, with an average total accumulation of 0.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Honolulu varies over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 50 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 13 hours, 26 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:48 AM on June 6, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 23 minutes later at 7:11 AM on January 16. The earliest sunset is at 5:48 PM on November 26, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 30 minutes later at 7:17 PM on July 3.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Honolulu during 2017.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Honolulu experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 7.5 months, from May 11 to December 28, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 45% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is September 21, with muggy conditions 93% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is March 9, with muggy conditions 29% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Honolulu experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from May 31 to September 7, with average wind speeds of more than 14.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is July 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 16.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.8 months, from September 7 to May 31. The calmest day of the year is January 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Honolulu is from the east throughout the year.
Honolulu is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.1 months, from August 2 to November 6, with an average temperature above 79°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is September 16, with an average temperature of 80°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.1 months, from January 1 to May 6, with an average temperature below 76°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 16, with an average temperature of 75°F.
Average Water Temperature
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from April 10 to September 2, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 9, with an average of 7.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from November 6 to January 31, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 4.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Honolulu are 21.307 deg latitude, -157.858 deg longitude, and 23 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Honolulu contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 810 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 79 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (3,104 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,121 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Honolulu is covered by artificial surfaces (72%) and water (22%), within 10 miles by water (47%) and artificial surfaces (24%), and within 50 miles by water (91%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Honolulu, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Honolulu.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Honolulu according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Honolulu is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Honolulu and a given station.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.