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One year ago, 2021, saw the driest April on record with just a small fraction of this year's total.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Portlanders do not let a little liquid sunshine slow them down.Portland broke the record last month for the wettest April on record since 1940.

Surprisingly, it follow the driest April in record set just last year.

"April was a month for the books with multiple records broken," said KOIN 6 Meteorologist Kelley Bayern. "We saw excessive rain in Portland and a round of snow."

Portland broke the record on Saturday when an additional .44 inches of rain pushed the total over 5.37 inches. In April 2021, Portland saw a total of only .39 inches of rain.

"With weather models forecasting a larger frontal system arriving Friday night, we were fairly certain the rain record this month would be broken and April would see over 5.0 of rain across the month," Bayern said.

Historically, April is the seventh wettest month of the year. December is the wettest and July is the driest.

May is expected to be drier, with temperatures on the first expected to start in the upper 40s and top off in the lower to mid-60s by afternoon. That is typical for this time of the year.

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