The drier-than-normal rainy season has taken its toll on South Florida—and now officials in Broward are urging residents to conserve water.
With above-average rain predicted for winter, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is continuing to move water south to help achieve a desirable water level in Lake Okeechobee.
The month of September was a wet one for South Florida. According to the experts, most of the rainfall was over the Kissimmee basins that flow into Lake Okeechobee.
The summer is beginning to wind down and the transition into fall will happen in a few weeks for most of the nation.
Heavy rain is expected across parts of South Florida through Wednesday.
From July 1 to July 30, Miami only saw a record high temperature set one day with a reading of 95 degrees on July 18.
South Florida rounded out the month of May with a near-average amount of rainfall.
The rainy season in South Florida is only weeks away, but it was a dry month of April with slightly below average rainfall totals according to South Florida Water Management District experts.
Heavy rains have soaked South Florida at an above-average rate for the past couple months and Lake Okeechobee, a usually shallow lake, has swelled to almost 16-feet.
With record-rainfall soaking many parts of Florida over the last few months, the water levels in Lake Okeechobee have risen to nearly 16-feet.