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NWS: Last Month Was The Hottest May On Record

By Bente Bouthier, IPB News | Published on in Weather
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Hoosiers experienced the hottest May ever recorded, since records began nearly 150 years ago.

The National Weather Service says 25 days in May reached over 80 degrees.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Kacie Hoover says the spike is because Indiana gets a lot of its air currents from the Gulf of Mexico.

Hoover says the warm temperatures were not consistent with previous months.

“We kind of went from winter to summer directly this year,” Hoover says. “April was actually below average for both Bloomington and Indianapolis.”

Hoover says Indiana residents should stay hydrated during months of consistent heat and remain weather aware.

She says Hoosiers should also expect more rain and thunderstorms than usual this summer.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Indiana was 116 degrees in Collegeville in 1936.