CHAMPAIGN – May will go in the history books as being cooler and wetter than normal in Illinois.
The statewide average temperature was 62 degrees, which is .6 degrees below normal. A few areas in Illinois reached 90, including Springfield and Moline. Also, several locations dropped below freezing, including Mt. Carroll where the mercury dipped to 29.
Average precipitation around the state was 5.2 inches, which is .6 inches above normal. Rainfall was heaviest in the central one-third of the state with anywhere from 5 to 8 inches falling.
“There are also a few drier areas including around Bloomington and south of the Quad Cities,” explained State Climatologist Jim Angel in his weekly weather summary issued Friday afternoon.
Danville had the most rain during May with 10.19 inches.