05/22/2012 05:55 pm ET Updated May 23, 2012

Miami's Record Rainfall: 1901 Mark For May 22 Beaten By More Than 2 Inches

If you thought this Tuesday rain was out of the ordinary, you were right.

Today's 5.54 inches of rain beat the official record for May 22 set all the way back in 1901 (3.44 inches) by more than 2 inches. According to National Weather Service records that date back to 1895, today's weather also ranks as the city's 4th wettest day.

Unstable conditions and high moisture led to roughly 4 inches of rainfall between Florida International University and the Miami International Airport, CBS Miami reports.

FIU recorded a whopping 3.64 inches of rain in less than 2 hours this afternoon, causing flooding at the university, according to NBC Miami. Floating cars were reported in Doral, and nearby Ruben Dario Middle School in Sweetwater got 4.03 inches of rainfall.

Heat owner Micky Arison urged basketball fans to leave early for tonight's Game 5 of the playoffs between Miami and Indiana:

Forecasters say the evening should bring lighter weather conditions with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Overnight the sky should clear up with just a few clouds, and winds anywhere from 18 to 23 miles per hour.

The NWS said Wednesday's weather should be lighter as well, although there is a possibility of thunderstorms after 2 p.m.

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