MELBOURNE, Fla. – Rounds of heavy rain Friday put the month of April back in Melbourne’s record books. Almost 4.5 inches of rain fell in Melbourne, nearly doubling the monthly average of 2.29 inches. April is typically the driest month for Melbourne and surrounding areas.
The previous record rainfall for Melbourne on April 1 was 1.83 inches, set back in 2009.
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For more perspective on just how rare Friday’s heavy rain event was, this April has already cracked the list of top wettest Aprils on record after just one day. The wettest April on record was in 1951 where 8.15 inches of rain was recorded at the Melbourne airport.
The record rainfall comes after a very wet March in Melbourne, picking up more than 5 inches. The average for the month of March is 2.69 inches of rain.
Sanford also set a new daily rainfall record with 1.82 inches falling at the airport. That breaks the old record of 1.03 inches, set back in 1995.