The state of Hawaii has two seasons: winter and summer. The main difference is the amount of rain rather than the temperature, especially from place to place. It rains more on the windward side of all islands. The average temperature year-round is 75º F between the warmest weather in August and the coldest weather in January. Daytime temperatures may vary 5 - 7º F. Temperatures also vary with elevation. Above 2,000 feet the weather is definitely cooler as temperatures drop three degrees for every 1000 feet of elevation.
Hawaii has many microclimates ranging from desert to tropical rainforest. Rainfall varies accordingly from flash floods to no rain at all. If it's raining where you are, it's usually possible to find at least partly clear skies somewhere else on the island. Frequently you'll see rainbows along with rain or mist.
Winter weather can run from mid-October through April. During this period, rains are more frequent, longer, and more intense, even on leeward coasts. Daytime temperatures at sea level are in the mid-70s to low 80s. Nighttime temperatures run from the low 60s to the low 70s and it gets dark by 6pm. Trade winds that usually blow in from the northeast are somewhat erratic and in February may actually cease for a few weeks. February is the most unpredictable month.
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