NEW 3:35 p.m. Wednesday:
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for East Central Illinois until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for East Central Illinois.
New 3:45 p.m. Friday:
The severe thunderstorm watch has been extended to all of East Central Illinois except Edgar County until 9 p.m. Friday.
CHAMPAIGN — August was the warmest month in a moderately cool meteorological summer, according to statistics from the Illinois State Water Survey.
The average temperature in August in Champaign-Urbana was 73.6 degrees, making it slightly warmer than June (73.4) and July (70).
NEW 4:30 p.m. Monday:
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 11 p.m. Monday for the following counties: Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion.
An excessive heat warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the following counties: Macon, Moultrie, Coles and Shelby.
New 10:30 a.m. Friday:
A flood advisory has been issued for Ford and southern Iroquois counties until 2 p.m. Friday.
Friday's rain is expected to cause some minor flooding of streams and low-lying areas. You should avoid driving over a flooded area and secure outdoor items so they're not swept away.
New 5:40 p.m. Thursday:
You would be hard-pressed to find a busier place than Jim and Carol Scott's basement in Gifford.
That's where their son Derin Scott, his wife and their and five kids — ages 2, 6 (twins), 14 and 17 — have been living since November's tornado. It resembles the scene in "Willy Wonka," where four grandparents snuggled in a single bed.
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.
CHAMPAIGN — July is supposed to be the hottest month of the year in central Illinois.
Not this year.
The average temperature so far this month in Champaign is 70.4 degrees, or almost 5 degrees below the historical average of 75. It's also lower than last month's average temperature in Champaign-Urbana — 73.4 degrees.