Fourth of July Climatology For Peoria

July 3, 2018 0 Comments

The United States of America declared its independence on July 4, 1776. Tomorrow we celebrate our independence from Great Britain.

The holiday usually involves barbecues, fireworks, and many other outdoor activities. With that in mind, weather is always on the mind of people making Fourth of July plans.

Official weather records for Peoria go back to 1883, although they only began being taken at the airport in 1943. Here are some Fourth of July records and other weather information for Peoria.

The average high is 86° and the average low is 66°.

The record high is 106° set back in 1936, and the record low is 49° set back in 1940.

The highest low temp on record is 77° set in 1897, and the lowest high temp is 69° set twice in 1915 and 1997.

Temperatures have reached 90° or higher in 42 years, which accounts for 31% of the years on record.

Temperatures have fallen to 60° or lower in 33 years, which accounts for 24% of the years on record.

The most amount of rain received was 1.46″ in 1995, and measurable precipitation has been recorded in 36 of the years on record, which is about 29%.

Sunrise is at 5:33 am, and sunset is at 8:33 pm.


Tomorrow’s forecast calls for a high of 91° with heat index values as high as 105°. A few pop-up showers and storms could be possible, but chances are only about 30%.

Something to keep an eye on in terms of records tomorrow is the highest low temp. The record is 77°, and the forecast low is 74°. At this point we won’t hit it, but we’ll be within a few degrees.

We should be ok for any fireworks, although it will be warm and muggy with some lingering clouds possible.


Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!


-Chief Meteorologist Brian Walder

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