May 2016 starts off wet

Posted at 1:41 PM, May 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-01 13:41:47-04

RICHMOND, Va. — We ended April with only 2.17″ of rainfall, which was 1.10″ below normal.  Between midnight and 6 a.m on Sunday, May 1, Richmond International picked up about a half-inch of rain.

In a typical May, Richmond receives 3.78″ of rain.  For the week ahead, there will be more opportunities for additional rainfall due to an unsettled pattern taking hold.

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April ended up with 63% of the days having below normal high temperatures.  The entire month averaged 1.6 degrees below normal.

Warmer air will move back in temporarily on Monday with highs in the 80s.  However, much of the week will feature below normal highs after a cold front pushes south Monday night into Tuesday.

Extended computer models show more variability in the next couple of weeks with warm spells being counterbalanced by occasional cooler periods.  In a typical May, our normal high reaches the lower 80s by month’s end and the normal low hits 60.

As we get closer to summer, we will continue to add daylight each day, totaling up 49 additional minutes by May 31.