July – Warmer and Wetter than Normal

The average temperature for July in Illinois was 77.7 degrees, 1.9 degrees above normal. That’s warm but not record-breaking by any means. By contrast, the average temperature of last July was 70.2 degrees. Not only was this year warmer but it was considerably more humid as well.
The average rainfall for July in Illinois was 5.6 inches, 1.8 inches above normal. BTW, the wettest July on record was 1958 with 8.03 inches.
The largest rainfall totals occurred in western and far northern Illinois as well as an area along I-70. Amounts of 8 to 12 inches were common in these areas.
Southern Illinois was much drier in July with amounts of only 1 to 3 inches in many locations. In fact, the US Drought Monitor categorized southern Illinois as being “abnormally dry” by. Another area of dryness is through central Illinois in an area bound by Moline, Kankakee, Danville, Springfield, and Peoria.

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