SFWMD: May Was Near-Average For Rainfall

WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami)— South Florida rounded out the month of May with a near-average amount of rainfall.

South Florida Water Management District reports that early May rains did help to bridge the gap of dry weather heading into the wet season.

One instance of heavy rainfall was May 15, when Hialeah experienced street flooding.

However, despite some heavy rain events, lakes and canals are still low coming out of the dry season.

A total of 3.61 inches of rain fell which was 0.24 inches below average.

The northern reaches of the SFWMD, from the Upper Kissimmee to Lake Okeechobee and Martin and St. Lucie counties, were the wettest areas. The east coast, from Palm Beach to Miami-Dade counties and the Southwest Coast were drier.

Lake Okeechobee was at 12.46 feet Monday, which is 0.66 feet below its historic average for this time of year.

The forecast for the remainder of the wet season calls for slightly below-average rainfall and above-normal temperatures by about 1 to 2 degrees. 

June is typically the wettest month of the year.

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