Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey said Monday that the statewide average temperature in April was 58.4 degrees, 6.2 degrees above normal. This April beats the record of 58.2 degrees set in 1955.
Data also found the statewide average precipitation in April was 3.5 inches, or 0.3 inches below normal. But there were areas in western Illinois that received more than 5 inches of precipitation.
The water survey says the warm and dry conditions in April were favorable for field work in most areas of Illinois.