CHAMPAIGN -- The state climatologist says last month's relative chilly temperatures tied the record for the coolest July in recorded Illinois history.
And as data are revised he says it's likely this July will break the record.
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State Climatologist Jim Angel said Friday that the statewide average temperature in July was 70.3 degrees.
Angel said the cool weather was standard last month across much of the Midwest, with temperatures running 4 to 8 degrees below average.
The warmest July on record for Illinois was the 82.8 degrees recorded in 1936. The 81.8-degree average from July 2012 is the second warmest.
Rainfall for July averaged 3.4 inches across Illinois. That's just over half an inch below the average.