Weather and Climate

Kīlauea Visitor Center Parking Lot During Extremely Heavy Rain
Kīlauea Visitor Center Parking Lot During Extremely Heavy Rain

NPS Photo/Andrea Kaawaloa


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Island weather is unpredictable. Visitors should be prepared for rain and wear layers of clothing to ensure their comfort while exploring the park.

Local weather at Kīlauea's summit (4000' elevation) varies daily and may be rainy and chilly any time of the year. Temperature varies by elevation. At the summit of the volcano, temperatures may be 12 to 15 degrees cooler than at sealevel. The coastal plain at the end of Chain of Craters Road, where lava crossed the road in 2003, is often hot, dry, and windy with the possibility of passing showers.

Use these links for more information on weather:

Local Weather in the Park
Park Air Quality
Island Weather
Sunrise and Sunset
Mauna Loa / Mauna Kea alpine weather - (13,677' elevation)
Hawai`i County Civil Defense Agency (weather advisories and road conditions outside the park)
NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center
NOAA's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Star Charts - Hawai`i area - Use the link on the right column in the Bishop Museum's website for "Sky Maps"
Hawai'i Fire Weather Spot Forecasts

Last updated: January 27, 2020

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