Lakeland was one-half inch from the record at midnight Tuesday.
LAKELAND — May 2018 is expected to be ranked the wettest on record in Lakeland, with another rainy day forecast Thursday.
National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Shiveley said Lakeland has had 15.47 inches of rain in May by midnight Tuesday. The record for the month is 16.03, which was set in 1979.
“We just have half an inch to go and I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve already reached that today,” Shiveley said late in the morning as rain continued to pound down on the swan city Wednesday. So far, May has had 17 days of downpours. “As Floridians in the summer, we are not used to waking up with rain,” said Shiveley, who grew up in Ocala, but works at the NWS office in Ruskin.
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