ORLANDO, Fla. – After the first few days of April, parts of Central Florida were already on pace for the wettest April on record. Shortly after the abnormally and in some cases record-breaking wet start, the spigot shut off.
To date, Melbourne has picked up 5.81 inches of rain. That’s good enough for the fourth-wettest April on record. The catch, though, is that 5.68 inches of that fell in the first two days of the month.
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The abnormally dry category as designated by the United States Department of Agriculture has crept back into southern Polk, Osceola and Brevard counties. A severe drought continues for southwest Florida.
Inland areas in Central Florida have seen more rain of late after the wet start. Both Orlando and Sanford sit in the top-12 wettest Aprils on record.
Leesburg and Daytona Beach have largely missed out on the above-average rainfall. April as whole is one of the driest months in Central Florida. Florida starts to transition into the wet season in late May, as the daily sea breeze-generated thunderstorms get underway.