Hot, dry May sets new temperature record in C-U

Hot, dry May sets new temperature record in C-U

CHAMPAIGN — If it seemed hotter than usual last month, you were on to something: State climatologist Jim Angel said average temperatures in Champaign-Urbana were above normal every day in May, making for a new record.

Angel said the average temperature for the month overall was 71.1 degrees, just breaking the previous record of 70.7 degrees set in 1977.

Thursday's high of 90 degrees marked the fifth time in the month that temperatures broke that barrier. It didn't happen at all in May 2017.

And things were also a little on the dry side, with only 3.45 inches of rain last month, below the average of 4.89 inches. Almost a third of last month's rain fell Thursday.

Angel said based on preliminary data, last month was also the warmest May on record in Illinois, with the statewide average temperature at 70.9 degrees, 7.9 degrees above normal. The old statewide record for May was 69.4 degrees, set in 1962.

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