CHICAGO (CBS) – The strong storms that hit over the Memorial Day weekend, combined with more rain later today, will make the month of May one of the wettest on record.
As of Monday, 7.19 inches of rain has fallen at O’Hare International Airport, where official readings are recorded. The record for May is 7.59 inches, set in 1945.
The average rainfall for May is 3.16 inches.
More rain is expected today between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., although it probably won’t be heavy enough to break the record. CBS 2 meteorologist Rick DiMaio says some spots around Chicago might see an additional quarter-inch of rain.
Temperatures have also been well below average for the month, a full 20 degrees below normal for several days, making this one of the more miserable springs in memory.
However,July-like temperatures are on tap for today, with a high around 90 degrees. After the rain passes through later today, temps will fall into the 80s for Wednesday.
More rain is possible on Thursday.