As if South Florida isn’t sweltering enough in summer.
But it might be even be hotter yet – and wetter than normal too, the National Weather Service in Miami said Tuesday.
Forecasters said the same weather patterns that made for an abnormally wet April, effectively ending the drought, might continue into May.
Bolstering that prediction: La Niña, which acts to dry out the atmosphere in winter and spring, is weakening.
While May is typically one of South Florida’s stormiest months, it might see more thunderstorm activity than usual, the result of atmospheric instability, caused by low pressure.
Potentially, those storms might trigger an early start to the rainy season, meteorologist Robert Molleda said.
"It's possible," he said.
Rainy season on average starts the third week of May and runs through mid October. It produces about 70 percent of the region’s rainfall.
June and July might see normal rainfall, yet that could be "significant," considering those are among the wettest months of the year, Molleda said in a summary of April’s weather.
About 6 to 8 inches of rain fell across South Florida in April, all but ending the drought along the southeast coast.
“Areas around Lake Okeechobee as well as most of Collier County remain in moderate to severe drought conditions due to relatively less rainfall observed in these locations,” Molleda said.
Specific rainfall totals:
West Palm Beach received 5.35 inches, or 1.69 inches more than normal; Fort Lauderdale received 5.23 inches, or 2.34 inches more than normal; and Miami received 7.86 inches, or 4.71 inches more than normal.
In terms of temperatures, April started out warmer than normal but then a burst of cold air brought temperatures to about normal or below normal for the rest of the month.
The average temperature was 74.1 degrees in West Palm Beach, or .3 degrees above normal; 75.1 in Fort Lauderdale, or 1.1 degrees below normal; 75.9 in Miami, or .1 degrees above normal.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun