Temperatures across the state this morning (at 6:00 AM) are in the upper 60s to low 70s across the state under clear skies. There may be some high clouds drifting across portions of the state from thunderstorms well north of Arkansas overnight. Some patchy fog is also possible.
High pressure at the surface and aloft is in control of our weather and will be until the end of the week when a frontal system will approach and move into the state. Sunny days and clear nights will be the rule to start the week with very little in the way of rainfall forecast across the state. Can’t rule out an isolated afternoon shower or thunderstorm but chances are not very high. By Wednesday the chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms will go up to around 20% which is typical for summer in Arkansas. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s to low 90s. Temperatures may warm a little toward the end of the week with some locations seeing afternoon highs in the mid-90s. The chance of showers and thunderstorms will also go up as the front approaches Friday and Saturday with 30-40% chances. Temps will cool slightly with the front in the state over the weekend but not much. Highs will still be in the upper 80s to low 90s.
So far this summer through July 9th, Little Rock’s warmest day has been 94 degrees on July 7th and North Little Rock’s has been 92 on the same day. Not too bad considering we’re in the middle of July. Little Rock is about 5.25″ above normal on rainfall while N. Little Rock is +8.32″ and that has bee part of the reason we’ve had a mild summer so far with clouds and rainfall helping hold the temps down somewhat.
As we head deeper into summer, we’ll see if we can keep that pattern going or will a big ridge of high pressure set up across the south or SE and dry us out and crank up the heat? Stay tuned…..
Have a great day!