Vero Beach busts 51-year-old rainfall record on Monday

Central FL April precip totals

A cold front was bringing showers and storms to parts of the Florida peninsula on Monday and Tuesday, but April totals approached record dry territory. (Credit: NWS-Melbourne)

UPDATED RECORD WATCH:  Vero Beach reported record rainfall Monday of 0.98 of an inch, busting a mark of 0.95 of an inch set in 1966.

Monday’s low in West Palm Beach, 77, tied a record for the warmest low temperature for the date, set in 2011.

An approaching cold front that triggered the showers and storms won’t make it into South Florida, the National Weather Service said, but areas south of the lake may get some rain and even thunderstorms ahead of it on Tuesday afternoon before it begins to wash out on Wednesday.

Heavy rain fell at some interior South Florida locations Monday but very little of it reached the coast.

Immokalee in interior Collier County reported 1.27 inches through Tuesday morning. No precipitation was reported in Metro Palm Beach County except for Jupiter, where observers unofficially recorded around a tenth of an inch.

An observer in St. James City on Pine Island — west of Cape Coral and north of Sanibel Island — measured 2.02 inches, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network.

On Central Florida’s East Coast, meanwhile, an observer in New Smyrna Beach reported 1.61 inches to the network.

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Author: jnelander

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