As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, but what does all this rain in May bring? And why the heck is it so cold?

According to the Connecticut Weather Center in Danbury, we just had the second wettest April on record, with 7.48 inches of rain falling. Normally, the state gets about 4 inches of rain for the month.

April statistics from the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University cited 21 days with measurable rain. That beats the previous record of 18 days, set in 1929. Believe it or not there were only eight dry days in April which is pretty much a reversal of the normal pattern of 18 dry days and ten wet ones. Plus, the high temperatures are 15-20 degrees colder then normal.

So why, now that we're well into May, is the rain still falling and the temperatures are so cool? According to both weather centers in Danbury, it's all about the jet stream pattern we are in.

Chief Meteorologist Bill Jacquemin of the Connecticut Weather Center in Danbury, offered this explanation to newstimes.com:

The jet stream patterns can lock in for about six weeks. Because this one began at the beginning of April, it may not change much until mid-May. In the meantime, enjoy what the rain has to offer. Trees are getting a full drink this spring. Farmers aren’t complaining about dry fields and allergy sufferers are happy because the rain washes the pollen out of the air. Vernal pools will be full, proving ample room for amphibians to breed. Ditto on mosquitoes, and the insect population is very happy.

Here's a look at the wet weather forecast for this week from the National Weather Service:

Monday:
Rain, mainly after 3pm. High near 51. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Monday Night:
Rain, mainly before 2am, then a chance of drizzle or light rain after 2am. Low around 40. North wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tuesday
A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 50. North wind around 7 mph.
Tuesday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 62.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Thursday
A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.