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Updated: flood, thunderstorm advisories issued for East Central Illinois

NEW 3:35 p.m. Wednesday:

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for East Central Illinois until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for East Central Illinois.

Updated: severe thunderstorm watch issued 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.

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Original story:

August a bit warmer than June, July

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).

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for three area counties

From the National Weather Service:
 

Updated: multiple weather advisories issued for East Central Illinois

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.

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Original story:

An excessive heat warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the following counties: Macon, Moultrie, Coles and Shelby.

Updated: Heat, flood advisories issued for area counties

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:

Top of the Morning, Aug. 7, 2014

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.

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.

Updated: Severe thunderstorms likely today, tonight

Updated 5:54 p.m.
 
From the National Weather Service
 
...THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHERN CHAMPAIGN AND SOUTHEASTERN MCLEAN COUNTIES IS CANCELLED...
 
THE STORM WHICH PROMPTED THE WARNING HAS WEAKENED BELOW SEVERE LIMITS...AND NO LONGER POSES AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO LIFE OR PROPERTY.

That's cool: An atypical July

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.