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1:20 PM MONDAY UPDATE... IT SHOULD BE CLARIFIED THE NUMBERS BELOW APPLY ONLY TO METEOROLOGICAL SUMMER: JUNE, JULY, AUGUST. THIS DOES NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ANY 100 DEGREE TEMPERATURES OUTSIDE OF THOSE MONTHS.
Going into this summer, I thought the third time was the charm. There was no way we could have 3 horribly hot summers in a row. While this isn't as hot as the past two, it's not a piece of cake either.
We're climatologically in the hottest time of the year. Through August 21st, our average high temperature will hold at 93 degrees, then it will start to slowly decrease.
In terms of average daily high temperature, Little Rock is at 94.84 degrees. If summer ended today, it would rank as the 7th hottest in this category in Little Rock weather history.
By average seasonal temperature, the combination of the high and low, we're at 82.89 degrees. If summer ended today, it would rank as the 10th hottest in Little Rock weather history.
By average low temperature, we're not even in the top ten. This is partially due to the drought. The somewhat dry ground and air has allowed overnight lows to drop well into the 70s. In contrast, that dry air also heats up quickly allowing daytime highs to soar.
Check out the graphics below. The number of 100 degrees days could enter record territory if we don't get a significant pattern change.
With 6 days so far this summer of 105 degree temperatures or higher, we're already in the top 5 in that category.
Let's all hope the second half of summer is more tolerable!!!