CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-Urbana set a record high temperature for Dec. 3 and tied the all-time December high reading early Monday afternoon.
The temperature officially reached 71 degrees at 1:29 p.m. Monday, tying the month's highest reading set on Dec. 4, 1998, and breaking the old Dec. 3 record of 68 degrees in 1970.
Meanwhile, the Illinois State Water Survey reports that November was slightly below normal for temperatures and far below normal for precipitation.
The average temperature for the month in Champaign-Urbana was 41.2 degrees, just below the normal mean temperature of 41.3 degrees.
It was the third consecutive month of below-average temperatures, after several months of warmer-than-average readings.
Overall, the average high for the month was 0.4 degree above normal, but the average low was 1.2 degrees below normal. The highest reading for the month was 72 degrees on Nov. 10; the lowest reading was 21 degrees on Nov. 27.
Precipitation in November was only about 30 percent of normal, with a total of 1.07 inches of rainfall. Normal precipitation for the month is 3.68 inches. Normal November snowfall is 0.9 inch, but there was no measurable snowfall last month.
November's dry conditions ended a three-month streak of above-average precipitation in Champaign-Urbana.