Illinois soil moisture levels and temperature above average in June

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CHAMPAIGN - The Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program is reporting that higher-than-normal rainfall across Illinois has led to high soil moisture levels.

According to Program Manager Jennie Atkins, moisture levels in the state's soil were higher than normal in mid-June, with levels steadily increasing during the second week of the month due to additional rainfall.  Atkins also says rains over the weekend only had a significant impact at individual locations, most of which are located in northern Illinois.

Officials also say soil temperatures are about 4.8 degrees higher than the long-term average, sitting at 78.1 degrees.

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