CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Last month was Illinois' coldest July since 1924.
Preliminary data gathered by researchers at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign shows the average temperature last month was 70.4 degrees. That's 5.3 degrees below normal.
Climatologist Jim Angel says the previous record, set 85 years ago, was 71.5 degrees.
Angel says most parts of the state haven't had any days with temperatures in the 90s. Usually there are at least five days that hot.
Researchers say the cool down resulted in lower energy demand and poor growing conditions for some farmers.
Meanwhile, statewide precipitation was 1.1 inches above normal in July, at 4.9 inches.