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May starts off with cooler temperatures

Temps below average
Posted at 5:07 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 00:07:10-04

It’s (finally?) May! After what felt like the longest March ever and then the fastest April, we’re in a whole new month. During May, we usually experience our temperatures warming up even more and by the end of the month we’ve usually started the unofficial kick-off to summer. Of course, this year is an exception since time no longer feels relevant, but we’ll play along with the calendar. Mother Nature on the other hand...

The good part about reaching May is now we get to take off “Average Snowfall” on the monthly average graphic! In Omaha, the average low during May is 51 degrees and the average high is 74 degrees. We also start to see more rain during May, with Omaha averaging 4.76 inches of rain for the month.

However, the week ahead looks to be a bit of a cooler one! Most of our afternoon highs will be below average. Our average high when starting the month is 70 degrees, but almost all of our highs will only be in the 60s, thanks to a shot of cooler air from up north!

Through the first half of May, the Climate Prediction Center shows this cool down with much of the eastern half of the United States experiencing cooler than average temperatures and the western half on the warmer than average side.

The CPC shows we’ll be experiencing a mix of drier and wetter than average conditions across the US, with drier conditions in the north and southeastern parts of the US. The wetter than average conditions will be in the southwest and through parts of the Midwest into the northeastern areas of the US.

This shot of cooler air looks to keep parts of the Midwest and New England areas cooler than average for the overall month of May. The warmer than average temperatures will be for much of the western and southwestern parts of the US.

The CPC shows most of the US seeing close to average precipitation for the month of May, but some extra rain is likely in the south-central US with some drier conditions in parts of the Upper Midwest.