The weather figures are in for July, and they show a month that aggravated the drought. The statewide average temperature in July was 81.8 degrees (F), making it the second-hottest July since statewide record keeping began in 1895. The hottest July was 1936, with an average temperature of 83.1 degrees. Normal for July is 75.4.
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State climatologist Jim Angel, at the University of Illinois, says not only was the average temperature high, but the daily high temperatures were also extreme, with many readings over 100 degrees around the state. Average rainfall was 1.47 inches, which is 36 percent of the normal rainfall if 4.05 inches. This was the fourth-driest July on record.
Angel says Illinois was in a drought going into July, so the heat and paltry rainfall made it worse.