Flossie isn’t just leaving us with some rain, but also, with a lot of humidity.
The humidity level is higher than normal, leaving many residents looking for ways to beat the heat.
Ask anyone about the weather, and they’ll say…
“Very humid today, very humid. Yeah, real sticky,” Palolo resident Kalua Bee said.
“I sweat fast, but I drip sweat when it’s really hot now,” Kalihi resident Sheryce Maballo said.
“It literally feels like I’m in a sauna right now and I can’t breathe,” Oahu resident Aleka Lyman said.
Thanks to Flossie, there’s more moisture in the air. The National Weather Service says it’s air that’s near the equator.
“So the air that’s over us right now, is coming from the deep tropics, thousands of miles to our south, drawn up by Flossie,” National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Cantin said.
Meteorologists say it’s harder for people to cool off because moisture sticks to your skin.
“And usually we have so many crosswinds in Manoa through the windows, but there was almost nothing,” Manoa resident Dana Rachlin said.
On Tuesday, people tried to beat the heat in different ways.
“Had to hydrate a little more. I noticed I lost a lot of water,” Bee said.
“The office that I work in, there’s no AC, so I’ve been cruising in the library,” Lyman said.
Many people used all types of fans or even plunged into the Pacific.
“As soon as I took a dip in the water, it was total opposite. When I’m on the sand, I felt like I was burning,” Pearl City resident Christina Coloma said.
Others looked for a refreshing treat.
“No better place on a hot day, than Waiola Shave Ice,” Waikele resident Dan Matthews said.
It didn’t matter what flavor or toppings they had. Some came in groups, others more than once.
“This is my second time today,” said Frank Chen.
Some people sought refuge in the chilly movie theater, going inside more for the temperature than the entertainment.
“It felt good. It got really cold though. So it makes up for all the heat I’ve been going through,” Kalihi resident Jessica Ladera said.
The good news is, relief is coming soon.
The National Weather Service says the humidity should drop to normal levels beginning Wednesday afternoon.