Unusual or unexceptional spring?
If it seems like this has been a particularly gray and gloomy spring, it’s not your imagination. Parts of Illinois had just ONE day of sunshine in April 2022.
Illinois State Climatologist based at the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois
Meteorologist/Atmospheric Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory
After a cool week, mild temperatures are expected for Mother's Day weekend. Temperatures warm even further next week, into the upper 80s or near 90. Normal highs for this time of year are in the low to mid 70s. #ILwx pic.twitter.com/bxbWd2XrPd— NWS Lincoln IL (@NWSLincolnIL) May 5, 2022
Near record warmth is anticipated next week. Temperatures near 90 degrees are forecast for much of the region. How does this compare to record highs? See the chart below. pic.twitter.com/0pWHIKhyrV— NWS Lincoln IL (@NWSLincolnIL) May 4, 2022
The Climate Prediction Center's 6 to 10 day outlook has a 60-70% probability of above normal temperatures in Illinois in the Mon-Fri time frame next week. After the relatively cool spring we've experienced up to this point, this will potentially be quite a change! #ilwx pic.twitter.com/TNYMSWF4x9— NWS Lincoln IL (@NWSLincolnIL) May 3, 2022
During April, most of the area experienced temperatures 2 to 4 degrees below normal, and precipitation 1 to 2 inches below normal. A full summary of the April 2022 climate can be viewed on our webpage. #ILwx pic.twitter.com/iwMzhOxR0U— NWS Lincoln IL (@NWSLincolnIL) May 1, 2022