Maui Weather


Mauai Weather

Like Hawaii’s other islands, Mauai’s weather is shaped by two major factors: the humid tropical climate and the nearly constant trade winds from the northeast. The island’s climates can roughly be divided between the windward (north and east) and leeward (south and west) sides. The windward areas tend to be more humid, with more clouds and rain, while the leeward sides are sunnier, warmer, and drier. Unsurprisingly, most of Maui’s resorts are in the leeward areas. The difference can be dramatic: the rain forests on the northern faces of Maui’s mountains can get 300 inches of rain a year or more, while Lahaina, at the base of the mountains on the leeward side, gets only 12 inches of precipitation annually.

Maui maintains a steady temperature year-round, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 70s — it can drop to the 60s in the high mountains. Water temperature usually ranges from the low 70s to almost 80 degrees in summer. Humidity is high, but the pleasant temperatures and the influence of the trade winds keep it from becoming unpleasant. Heavy rain is a rare occurrence. In winter, tropical cyclones, called kona storms, can approach Hawaii from the south, bringing severe rains, high winds, and hail for up to a week, but these storms usually only form a few times a year.

One unusual Mauai weather condition to watch out for is the so-called “vog.” This smoggy stuff is a combination of humidity and ash, smoke, and unpleasant chemicals sprayed by Mount Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island, which has been erupting for over 25 years. Vog turns the air murky and can cause health issues, including breathing problems for people who have weak respiratory systems. Fortunately, the prevailing trade winds usually push the vog away from Maui quickly. In the winter, when winds blow from the south more often, there is a greater risk of vog.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Current day month ye@r *