Illinois climatologist says average temperatures warmed up in August

CHAMPAIGN - Following a cooler-than-usual July, Illinois' state climatologist is reporting that August's temperatures were slightly warmer than average, and that this season has been one of the wettest on record.

On Tuesday, climatologist Jim Angel said the average statewide temperature in August was 73.9 degrees, which was about 3.6 degrees warmer than July's average statewide temperature of 70.3 degrees.

Angel also said the statewide average precipitation for August was 5.18 inches, about 1.59 inches above average.  The statewide average rainfall for June, July, and August was 14.96 inches, making it the 10th wettest summer on record.

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