Wednesday rainfall totals break 1959 record, brings second wettest day of the year

The last time the Lowcountry saw this much rain on April 29 was in 1959, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.

Rainfall in the region broke the record for Wednesday’s date, reaching 1.47 inches at the Charleston Airport by 8:30 p.m., beating the .88 inches of rain that fell 56 years ago. Wednesday was also the second wettest day of the year, according to meteorologist Frank Alsheimer.

The wettest day of the year was Feb. 25, when there was a recorded 1.64 inches of rain that fell in the region.

Alsheimer said as the rain leaves the area overnight, it will make way for “a whole lot nicer weather later in the week into the weekend.”

Thursday will be overcast at times, but mostly sunny with temperatures in the low 70s. Friday will be sunnier, but with similar temperatures that will gradually increase throughout the weekend.

By Monday, the temperatures are expected to approach 80, Alsheimer said.

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