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Heat Follows One of Coolest Springs on Record for Arkansas

Hotter weather getting a grip on the state.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - After a long period with mild conditions, the heat of summer is finally being felt in Arkansas.

Hotter weather began moving in on Tuesday. High temperatures were in the 90s in most of Arkansas, with a maximum of 100 degrees at Jonesboro (Craighead County). Heat index values topped the century mark in parts of the northeast, and in central and southern sections of the state.

Similar heat was felt on Wednesday, with more hot weather expected today.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock says this oppressive pattern is due to a ridge of high pressure in the southern Plains, with above normal temperature and mostly dry conditions under the high. Be careful if you plan on being outdoors for any length of time.

The NWS says this is also the time of year to remind you not to leave small children, elderly people or pets in hot cars.

There is some good news. A weak cold front will move around high pressure, and will bring slightly more comfortable air on Friday and Saturday. The high will flatten a bit by Monday and Tuesday, and this will allow another front to visit from the north with better chances of rain.

This pattern is a far cry from conditions experienced this spring. For the fourth month in a row, temperatures in May were below normal. The state had the latest accumulating snow on record on May 4th. On April 25th, there was a freeze at Booneville (Logan County), which was the latest since 1960. Freezes also occurred on this day at Batesville Lock and Dam (Independence County) and Harrison (Boone County), which were the latest since 1963.


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