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John Wheeler, Published January 21 2013

Weather Talk: No record of freezing temps in Hawaii and Florida Keys

There are two places in the United States that have no record of freezing temperatures, at least as far as recorded history is concerned.

The first of these is Hawaii, with the exception of the higher elevations of the volcano tops, where frost and snow are actually quite common. But most of the locations in Hawaii are genuinely tropical and never experience frost. The temperature in Honolulu rarely drops below 60 degrees, however, just this week Honolulu did experience one of its rare cool mornings when the temperature dropped to 59 degrees.

The other frost-free place in the United States is the central and southern parts of the Florida Keys. The all-time record low for Key West is 41 degrees. The coldest it has been so far this winter is 57 degrees. Many people think of Southern California as being frost-free, but all locations in Southern California will on rare occasions experience a light frost.

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