It's official: July was cold
CHAMPAIGN — The recently completed month tied for coolest July ever, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.
The average temperature in July was 70 degrees, the same as July 2009, said state climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey.
The average mean in July is 74.9 degrees, according to local weather records.
It was also the fifth-wettest July on record with 8.70 inches of rain. The wettest was 1992 with 13.82 inches. Normal is 4.7 inches. Although it rained on only 10 of July’s 31 days, there were three major rainstorms: 4.33 inches on July 13, 2.01 inches on July 27 and 1.2 inches on July 1.
There were no 90-degree days in July; the warmest reading all month was 87 degrees on the 7th and 22nd. The coolest reading was 53 degrees on July 15, 16 and 17. The daily low was in the 50s on 18 days in July.
There was record cool temperatures throughout central Illinois in July, according to the National Weather Service. Monthly mean temperatures last month set records in Decatur, Effingham, Lincoln and Olney, according to the weather service.
The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center says that chances are good that cooler than average temperatures will persist through August in Illinois.