If you look at the start to September, temperatures have run 3 degrees above average. And yesterday and today have been the hottest yet with temperatures the 80s and 90s across much of state. But that is about to change as a cold front pushes through later today. This weekend and next week will be cooler with highs in the 70s and low 80s. I am looking forward to that.
Average daily highs in September in Illinois range from the low to mid 70s in northern Illinois to the low 80s in southern Illinois (map below, click to enlarge).
The other good news is that northwest Illinois received some rain after several dry weeks. And northeast Illinois was dry after several wet weeks. In addition, there was a band of heavier rains (1 to 3 inches) across south-central Illinois, parallel with Interstate 70.