Record low temperatures set in Central Illinois

2013-07-28T15:10:00Z 2013-07-29T08:18:45Z Record low temperatures set in Central IllinoisBy Kevin Barlow
July 28, 2013 3:10 pm  • 

LINCOLN — Record low temperatures were recorded in several areas around Central Illinois over the weekend, and forecasters with the National Weather Service in Lincoln think the unseasonably cool temperatures will continue.

“There are no heat waves in the forecast,” said Matt Barnes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln. “We have a persistent, northwesterly flow and that tends to bring cooler temperatures and that is what we can expect for the upcoming week.”

Record low temperatures were recorded in Lincoln, (48), breaking the old mark of 50 set in 1920; in Peoria (51), breaking the record of 53, last set in 1994; and in Springfield (48), breaking the previous mark of 53, set in 2004. In Normal, the low hit 51 degrees.

“This is very unusual for this late in July,” Barnes said.

Saturday’s high only 69 degrees in Lincoln. The normal high for July 27 would be 85 degrees, with the normal overnight low of 64 degrees.

“The temperatures will get warmer as the week goes along,” Barnes said. “We will hit the middle 70s on Monday and then by midweek, we will be around 80 degrees, but it is still not your typical late-July temperatures.”

There could be some rain in the forecast as well. Monday night and Tuesday could bring some showers and thunderstorms.

“I think most of the rain is going to go to the south of the Bloomington-Normal area, so there won’t be significant rainfall totals,” he said.

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(5) Comments

  1. BC
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    BC - July 29, 2013 8:06 am
    All part of the climate change situation. Natural or human fault it is happening. Mimosa trees didn't used to bloom in Illinois. Our Magnolia trees are starting to pop blooms all summer like in the south. Armadillos have been spotted as far north as St. Louis. Rattle Snakes are spreading north to Central Illinois. Our summers are starting to resemble Mississippi weather. Polar Caps are melting and sea levels are rising. Call it what you wish we are seeing climate change occurring faster than ever before. Keeping a good base of scoffers is money in the bank for industry, it is expensive to change production processes. Just because we have a cooler period doesn't mean much. The overall picture tells more.
  2. Smartone
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    Smartone - July 28, 2013 8:12 pm
    Don't worry the 90's will be back. The weather will go back to hot and humid just as school starts and the pools on Labor Day will close. Trust me, it never fails to have a hot mid - late August and September in the past several years.
  3. Jose
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    Jose - July 28, 2013 6:52 pm
    Who's "freezing"? These temps are well above freezing.

    Really, though -- blaming a weather phenomenon on global warming? Try finding out the difference between weather and climate. You might be surprised.
  4. BobbaReBob
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    BobbaReBob - July 28, 2013 5:09 pm
    Darn global warming - and I was just starting to take notice of those "Support our candidate that will address that climate change is for real" billboards.
  5. everyoneknows
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    everyoneknows - July 28, 2013 4:59 pm
    Everyone is freezing. If this was Feb we would think it was warm.
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