May 2013 was warm and soggy in New York City. Despite a number of chilly days, the city’s average monthly temperature was 62.9°F. That is 0.9°F above normal. The heat wave at the end of the month helped contribute to this slightly above average reading.
In terms of precipitation, rainfall was abundant this May. In fact, this was New York City’s seventh wettest May on record. The city received 8.00 inches of rain, which is 3.81 inches above normal. Most of this fell during a few heavy rainstorms, including the torrential downpours on May 8th that set a new daily record with 3.02 inches measured in Central Park. This was a significant departure from last month’s unusually dry conditions.