Kansas City is less than a half inch of rain away from breaking the record for the wettest August.
And with one day left, the metro area is already a shoo-in for one of the wettest Augusts on record.
As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, 9.15 inches of rain had fallen at Kansas City International Airport, the official observation site for the Kansas City metro area since 1972, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.
Overnight rains at KCI made this August crack the Top 10 list of wettest Augusts. With rain in the forecast Wednesday, Kansas City could come close to breaking the record of 9.58 inches of rain set back in 1982.
In comparison, normal precipitation for August in Kansas City is 3.89 inches.
This month’s rainfall has already broken a record. On Aug. 26, a record daily rainfall of 1.96 inches was set at KCI, breaking the old record of 1.69 inches set in 1942, according to the National Weather Service.
The run for the record comes even though KCI missed the brunt of Friday night’s torrential rains. The airport had a total rainfall of 1.69 inches. Meanwhile, other parts of the Kansas City area had significantly more, including the Wheeler Downtown Airport, which had 4.26 inches, and Smithville Lake with 3.86 inches.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected across the Kansas City area Wednesday.
The storms are expected to taper off Wednesday evening, giving way to drier and cooler weather Thursday. It will feel a bit more like autumn, with highs around 80 degrees and overnight temperatures falling into the 50s by the end of the week. The Labor Day weekend will see slightly warmer temperatures, with highs in the mid-80s by Sunday and the upper-80s for Labor Day. The chance of rain remains low until after the holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service.