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Phoenix sets new daily rainfall record and sees first measurable rainfall on Easter in 25 years

Mar 31, 2024, 12:30 PM | Updated: Apr 1, 2024, 4:50 pm

(File photo by Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images)...

(File photo by Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images)

(File photo by Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images)

PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix set a new daily rainfall record of 0.5 inches on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

This new record for March 31 breaks the day’s previous record of 0.27 inches, which the city of Phoenix set back in 1949.

Furthermore, it’s the first measurable rainfall on Easter Sunday since 1999, NWS said.

The most rain Phoenix has seen on Easter was 1.19 inches, which drenched the city on March 26, 1989.

Why Phoenix saw a new daily rainfall record

Steady rainfall drenched the Valley due to a cold front moving down from northern Arizona, NWS said.

The Arizona Department of Transportation further warned drivers to watch out for wet roads around the state.

“If you encounter rain and wet pavement while driving, slow down and leave extra braking room and travel time,” ADOT said in a social media post.

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Phoenix sets new daily rainfall record and sees first measurable rainfall on Easter in 25 years