So Long, Sunshine; Rain Returns Tues.

May has been full of gloom, rain and even frost advisories for some parts of the region, and it doesn't look like it's getting any better. 

Monday was sunny, but the D.C. area will get back to its seemingly gloomy norm Tuesday.

Clouds will increase Monday night with lows in the low 50s by dawn Tuesday and rain showers likely by 8 a.m. and on and off throughout the day with highs near 60.

Another round of light showers follows Tuesday night into midday Wednesday.

Rain will return in time for the weekend. Expect occasional showers Saturday and Sunday.

But there is some good news.

We won't have any more chilly mornings this week. Temperatures dipped into the low 40s Sunday night into Monday morning, making it the coldest May night since 2013. Areas far west of the D.C. were under a frost advisory for a portion of the morning. 

So, what is up with the rain this May?

Storm Team4's Amelia Draper said most of the rainfall we had during the 15-day streak can be attributed to easterly winds.

"What happens is you have an easterly wind coming from the ocean to our area. With the right conditions, this will lead to overcast and showery days," Draper said.

But, although the rain we've gotten the past couple of weeks seems like a lot at once, there is about a 1.5 inch rainfall deficit since March 1 for the region.

Draper said we will see more rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, but no rain is expected on Thursday and Friday.

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