(CHAMPAIGN) July was slightly cooler and drier than normal in Illinois, according to the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois at Champaign. The statewide average temperature last month was 75.1 degrees, just three tenths of a degree (0.3) below normal. Temperatures around Illinois reached the mid to upper 90’s at several locations in the first half of the month with cooler highs recorded the last half of the month. The statewide average rainfall came in at 3.41 inches, which was two-thirds of an inch (0.67) below normal. While a few areas experienced above normal rainfall, especially between Interstates 70 and 72, most of the rest of the state was down by 1 to 2 inches. For the 2018 January to July period, the statewide average temperature was 51.5 degrees, only one tenth of a degree (0.1) below normal while the state’s average precipitation for the six month time frame was 25.80 inches, just over 2 inches (2.04) above normal. The National Weather Service outlook for August shows Illinois with equal chances of above, below, and near-normal precipitation and temperatures. In other words, State Water Survey officials say there are no climate factors that exist to increase our risk of being too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry.