(CHAMPAIGN) The past thirty-one (31) days of last month produced the warmest May on record for Illinois, according to the Illinois State Water Survey. The statewide average temperature for May was 70.6 degrees, which was 7.9 degrees above normal, therefore the warmest May on record, with records dating back to the late 1800’s. The old record was 69.4 degrees set back in 1962. Meanwhile, our local average temperature for May, as recorded here at the National Weather Service official weather station at the south edge of Olney, was 72.1 degrees, with an average daily high at 84 and an average daily low at 60.3 degrees. The statewide average precipitation for May was 3.98 inches, just over six tenths of an inch (0.62) below normal. Our WVLN-WSEI official weather station precipitation average for May was well below that, at 2.74 inches, with nearly an inch and a half (1.49) of that coming the last three days of May, courtesy of Alberto and the subtropical depression’s movement up through the Midwest from the Gulf Coast last week. By the way, the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center has released its updated outlook for June in Illinois. An increased chance of above normal temperatures and drier than normal conditions.