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Des Moines shattered a 113-year-old rain record Sunday.

The Des Moines International Airport recorded 2.91 inches of rain Sunday, more than tripling the previous record for Oct. 24 of .96 inches set in 1908, according to the National Weather Service. It was also the third-highest daily rain total for an October day ever recorded in Des Moines.

Other records set included the 2.4 inches of rain that fell Sunday in Ottumwa, which had a previous record of 1.05 inches from 1967, and Waterloo's 1.41 inches, which broke 1908's record of 1.09 inches.

Through Oct. 19 many parts of Iowa including Polk County were still in moderate or severe droughts. Des Moines normally gets 2.78 inches of rain in October. Before Sunday's showers, Des Moines had gotten just 1.83 inches this month.

The city has now had 4.75 inches of rain in October, and more is on the way.

There are chances of showers and thunderstorms after 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the NWS, which said Des Moines could see another inch or two by Friday. Severe weather is not expected.