It's a Tie for the Coolest July on Record
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[August 02, 2014]
- The statewide average temperature for July was 70.3 degrees in
Illinois, which ties the record for the coolest July set back in
2009, according to the Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the
Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
July 1936 (82.8 degrees) was the warmest July on record, followed
closely by July 2012 (81.8 degrees). In just six years, Illinoisans
have experienced the second warmest and twice the coldest July on
“The July 2014 average temperature is based on preliminary data so
it is very likely that we will break the tie with 2009 as more data
arrive,” Angel said.
The cool weather was not just for Illinois. The Midwest experienced
temperature departures in the range of 4 to 8 degrees below average
for July, and most of the U.S. to the east of the Rocky Mountains
had below-average temperatures for the month. Meanwhile, the West
and, in particular, the northwest U.S., were exceptionally warm.
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The statewide average precipitation was 3.4 inches, which is
0.65 inches below average. The first two weeks of July were
exceptionally wet for most of the state, while the rest of the
month was dry. Dry conditions prevailed from St. Louis and
eastward across Illinois. The wet June and cool July
temperatures helped moderate the impact of this dry weather so
The latest forecasts from the National Weather Service indicate
that cooler and wetter than average conditions will prevail over
the next two weeks.
[Text received; ILLINOIS STATE WATER