A cold front brought several inches of rain and a second day of record-breaking temperatures to the Oklahoma City area Thursday.
Forecasters predicted unseasonably cool temperatures and chances for rain would continue through Friday before warmer weather returns to the area this weekend.
Moderate to heavy rain began late Wednesday night in Oklahoma City and was expected to continue through Thursday evening. By 8:15 p.m. Thursday, the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site in north Oklahoma City had measured 3.1 inches of rain since midnight.
That total nearly matches the average rainfall for Oklahoma City for the entire month of July, according to National Weather Service records. The average July rainfall at Will Rogers World Airport from 1981 to 2010 was 2.93 inches.
Temperatures in the city dropped as low as 62 degrees early Thursday, breaking a previous record for lowest temperature in the city on July 17, the National Weather Service reported. The previous record of 63 degrees was set in 1967 and 1992, according to the agency’s records.
The city also saw its coolest high temperature on record for July 17. Thursday’s high temperature in Oklahoma City was 68 degrees, the National Weather Service reported. The previous record for coolest high temperature was 80 degrees, set in 1900 and 1950, according to records.
Statewide, thunderstorms Wednesday night and Thursday brought welcome moisture to areas of Oklahoma in deepest drought. An Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site in Altus measured more than 4 inches of rain between Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon.
Matt Muller, a farmer in nearby Martha, said the rain couldn’t have come at a better time. Although spring rains have helped, Muller said his crops were struggling because of a lack of soil moisture. Wednesday and Thursday’s showers left him feeling more optimistic.