MIAMI -

The National Weather Service (NWS) and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) held a joint news conference on Thursday to talk about the upcoming rainy season.

The rainy season for South Florida on average begins around May 20 and ends around Oct. 13.

The National Weather Service is forecasting an 'average' rainy season this year.

“An average wet season would benefit water managers in the challenging effort to balance the needs of 7.7 million people and South Florida’s unique ecosystems,” said Susan Sylvester from the SFWMD.

The average rainy season comes after months of about average rainfall in South Florida so far this year.

The government reports South Florida has seen 12.93 inches of rain to date, which is 81 percent of average total.