The state climatologist says April was both cooler and more damp than usual across Illinois. But after months of below-average temperatures last month was closer to normal. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature for April was 51.9 degrees. That's almost 1 degree cooler than usual. Every month since November has been below average, but April's was the smallest departure. Angel says the statewide average precipitation for April was 5.1 inches. That's 1.3 inches more than normal. But, Angel noted that parts of central Illinois had lower-than-usual rainfall.
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