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Weather in Volcanoes National Park

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Belvidere, Illinois
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Weather in Volcanoes National Park

What is the temp in the park like during the day/evening in late January?

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1. Re: Weather in Volcanoes National Park

Cold! It was 68F on Alii Drive yesterday morning, so you can imagine the temperature at 4,000 feet elevation. (Maybe even below 50F!)

Kauai, Hawaii
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I've been there in mid-November and ended up wearing jeans, long-sleeve shirt, jacket, socks and sneakers. It was COLD in Volcano.

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Variable would be a more accurate word to describe Volcano Park weather IMO. We've been there many times in February, once we saw what appeared to be snow flakes, "~and we've seen fire and we've seen rain~".

According to the thermometer on the rental car temps usually vary from 60 to 80 degrees, often warmer and sunnier in the late morning.

Now that one can't hike out to the lava flow we wear shorts and bring a light jacket. But then sixty to me in February seems warm.

Hilo, Hawaii
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4. Re: Weather in Volcanoes National Park

yep, warm compared to a Minnesota winter, but freezing to those who live on the island. Everyone up there has fireplaces and uses them. Shootz, I'm cold up there in September. The wind can be strong and chilly.

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5. Re: Weather in Volcanoes National Park

Yep, cold and chilly. Not to mention damp.

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It's pretty nippy there in the mornings, even during the summer. I'd definitely take a light jacket or sweatshirt at the least. If you have convertible pants (I guess that's mostly a man thing) - those come in really handy to. If you hike any of the trails like Kilauea Iki, you'll probably want to shed a few layers. So be prepared... like others said, temps/conditions can vary greatly.

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7. Re: Weather in Volcanoes National Park

The temperature varies quite a bit. Around the caldera, it's usually about 10 degrees cooler than at sea level. We usually go in late January/early February and it can be cool, with morning temparatures in the 50's. But if you wear sweatshirts, long pants, and jackets, be prepared to remove them, especially if you go on some hikes. Go hiking on the floor of Kilauea Iki, and the black lava can heat the temperatures up to the 80's in the afternoon.

And it varies from one spot in the park to another. If you head to the end of Chain of Craters road, it'll probably be in the 80's in the afternoon at sea level. But last time we were there, the temperature dropped 20 degrees as we drove back up and it was 58 and drizzling up at the Visitor's Center.

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Here is how you can figure the weather every day.

The weather given for Hawaii comes from Kona airport which is hot so first subtract 5 degrees then consider the park is at about 4000 ft and that air cools 3 degrees per 1000 ft of elevation so at Park HQ it will be 17 degrees colder than reported at Kona.

Expect night temps between 40 and 50 and day temps 60 to 65 Humidity at 70-80%

Mauna kea thus at 14,000 ft will be 47 degrees colder than Kona and the Visitor center will be 32 degrees cooler at any time.

Now thats temp...because of the prevailing trade winds and the humidity they bring added to the abrupt rise in elevation and lets not for get the tropical inversion at 6000ft year around....

What all this means is that clouds form and it rains almost every day.. and feels rather damp all the time. so all year long expect light rain some time during the day 90% of the time ( 200 inch yearly avg

Also the volcano makes its weather through convected heat that creates more cloud and moisture.

now you can take any given condition and using these tools calculate the proable weather anywhere on earth not just Volcano.

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