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Flooding in the outfield at the ball barks at the Vietnam Veterans Memoral Park in the Martinez town area of Albuquerque. Wednesday, July. 16, 2014. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal.)

Flooding in the outfield at the ballbarks at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in the Martineztown area of Albuquerque. Wednesday, July. 16, 2014. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal.)

Nearly an inch of rain fell over Albuquerque on Wednesday night, breaking a more-than-80-year-old record of 0.71 inch, set in 1933, according to the National Weather Service.

The Albuquerque International Sunport reported getting 0.94 inches of rain over six hours until just before midnight Wednesday.

Wednesday’s rain was the latest of several days of evening and nighttime rainstorms happening amid a multiyear drought in New Mexico and the rest of the Southwest.

The Mesa del Sol housing development south of Albuquerque got nearly 2.5 inches of rain in an hour and 15 minutes Wednesday evening, causing minor flooding in some homes and carrying rocks onto the roadway, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

Meteorologist David Craft said Mesa del Sol received the most rain in northern and central New Mexico, though other parts of the state received around an inch.

The area near Eubank and Lomas NE got 1.2 inches, and the Sunport got 0.94 inches over six hours until just about midnight Wednesday.

More than 2 inches, and possibly more than 3 inches, also fell in parts of Torrance County on Wednesday night, he said.

Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the central mountain chain in New Mexico this evening, and Albuquerque could receive some isolated showers.

Keep with ABQjournal.com for updates and additional rainfall totals from around the state.

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