July ties record of coolest ever in Illinois, could break the record

CHAMPAIGN - Last month's relatively chilly temperatures tied the record for the coolest July in recorded Illinois history, and according to the state climatologist, that record may be broken as data continues to be revised.

On Friday, State Climatologist Jim Angel said that the statewide average temperature in July was 70.3 degrees, with temperatures running between four to eight degrees below average.

Illinois' warmest July on record was in 1936, with a statewide average temperature of 82.8 degrees.  The second warmest July in Illinois history was in 2012, with an average statewide temperature of 81.8 degrees.

Rainfall totals accumulated throughout July in Illinois averaged at 3.4 inches, about half an inch below average.

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