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Goodbye April: A month when it rained most days

May 1, 2019

April ended on a wet note with more rain on Tuesday.

The month ended with rainfall about 2 inches above average and a temperatures up to 3 degrees above normal.

Of the 30 days in the month, there were 19 days of measurable rain - a new record, according to the National Weather Service.

There were weeks when it rained five consecutive days.

And, there was only one weekend - April 6-7 - when it didn’t rain.

The wettest day of the month was on Friday, April 26 when up to 2.5 inches of rain fell across Connecticut.

According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center, Danbury had 6.20 inches of rain, about 2 inches above average. That’s well below the record 11.69 April rainfall set in 1983.

Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford had 5.85 inches; 1.72 inches above average.

April started out cold with temperatures falling as low as 21 degrees on April 2 - more than 8 degrees below normal.

The warmest day of the month was on Friday, April 19 when a high of 75 set a new record in Danbury. Along the shoreline that day, New Haven also set a new record with 72 degrees. Farther inland, Hartford reached 78 degrees.

So now that we’re drying out, how is May looking?

On Tuesday, the Climate Prediction Center said Connecticut has a 60 percent chance of above-normal temperatures.

Last May, we had our first 90-degree day on May 3. There were seven days when temperatures were in the 80s and 13 days when the high was in the 70s.

Last May we also saw the last of 30-degree nights with a low of 31 in Danbury. Thirty-degree nights wouldn’t return until Oct. 14.

The forecast

Before we can enjoy those beautiful warm and sunny May days, we have a chance of showers through Tuesday.

Today: A 30 percent chance of light rain, mainly after 2 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 53. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Tonight: A 50 percent chance of light rain. Patchy fog after 1a.m. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 49. Southeast wind 3 to 8 mph.

Thursday: A 50 percent chance of light rain, mainly before 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Calm wind becoming northeast 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 46. East wind 5 to 8 mph.

Friday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Saturday Night: A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.