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Philadelphia Sets June Rain Record, NYC May Follow

Recent rounds of showers and thunderstorms have not only triggered flooding, but also helped make this June the wettest on record in Philadelphia and Wilmington, and likely soon New York City.

This June became Philadelphia's wettest on record Friday evening when the monthly rainfall total stood at 10.11 inches.

June 1938 and its 10.06 inches originally held the record. Philadelphia's weather record books date back to 1872.

The rain that has fallen this month is nearly three times more than the 3.43 inches that Philadelphia typically receives each June.

A new June rainfall record was also set in nearby Wilmington, Del. The 11.91 inches of rain that fell through Friday easily surpassed the previous wettest June record of 9.90 inches from 2003.

A total of 1.25 inches of this month's rain fell alone on Friday, when severe thunderstorms rolled through Wilmington and downed trees.

New York City is closing in on its June rainfall record of 10.27 inches, currently held by June 2003.

With one or two more incidents of showers and thunderstorms expected through Sunday evening and this month's total standing at 10.10 inches (as of midday Saturday), there is a high probability that record will be broken.

Even if the month's rain total comes up short, the distinction of second wettest June on record has already been earned.

The fact that June rainfall records are being broken and challenged across the Northeast proves that the ground is saturated and susceptible to more flash flooding from the rounds of showers and thunderstorms that will occur through the Fourth of July.