LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –  After a very dry last few weeks, Thursday’s drought monitor shows worsening conditions across the entire state.

Last week the drought monitor showed moderate drought across much of central and northern Arkansas. A few small areas of central Arkansas were also under a severe drought.

Drought monitor last week.

Thursday’s drought monitor shows a large increase in the severe drought across much of central Arkansas. Extreme drought has also started to move into the western part of the state.

Previously drought-free southern Arkansas is now classified as unseasonably dry. Last week 28% of Arkansas was without drought conditions. Thursday’s drought monitor shows that area is now less than 5%.

With dry weather expected for the next 7 days, next week’s drought monitor is expected to worsen.