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Summer rains below average in Illinois this year

CHAMPAIGN — Precipitation has been below average this summer in Illinois.

Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign says statewide average precipitation for June, July and August was just less than 10 inches. He says that's nearly 2 inches below average.

Data show June's rainfall was above average, but rainfall during both July and August were below average. However, Angel says this year is an improvement over last summer. That's when precipitation was just less than 7 inches or nearly 5 inches below average.

The summer's statewide average temperature has been 72.5 degrees. That's about 1 degree below average.

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