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It's not even July and it's safe to say we're sick of the heat already. After experiencing the hottest June day ever in recorded Little Rock weather history, we're looking for any relief we can find. Looking at the long range models, I can't find any chance for significant rainfall. The entire state has a "high" wildfire danger and with the 4th of July right around the corner, I expect some places to move into the "extreme" category.
While western Arkansas may have a few 100 degree temperatures Wednesday, widespread triple digit temperatures will return to the remainder of the state Thursday. This means we will once again challenge daily record high temperatures at many locations including Little Rock. Here are the records through June 30th
Thursday June 28th... 103 (1954)
Friday June 29th... 105 (1988)
Saturday June 30th... 102 (1931)
Little Rock has not had measureable rainfall since June 12th. This means we'll have to keep an eye on yet another record.. longest consecutive days without rainfall.
As of Wednesday, it's 15 days. Number 1 on the list is the period from July 27th, 1995 to September 3, 1995 (39 days)
The 10th longest period is June 29th, 1986 to July 30th, 1986 (32 days).
Some might say it's a little too premature to talk about this, but after reviewing the long range data, there is little hope for widespread rainfall over the next couple of weeks. If that data is correct, this record could go down as well.
For those of you in the summer contest, the numbers are changing daily and I'll keep them updated.
Stay cool... heat is the number one weather related killer! Please stay safe!!!!!!!!!
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