CHAMPAIGN — The state climatologist says July was a relatively cool month across Illinois. But the state is still having a wetter-than-usual year, despite the little rain.
Climatologist Jim Angel says Thursday that the average temperature across the state last month was 73.3 degrees. That’s two degrees below the average for 1981 to 2010. It’s also the 19th coolest July since the state started keeping records in 1895.
Angel says that on average locations around the state had a relatively low 2.74 inches of rain last month. But the state has received 31.4 inches of precipitation so far in 2013. That’s about seven and a half inches above the average.
Angels says the wet spring and cool July have helped to minimize the effects of the dry weather.