A heat advisory by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 8 PM CDT Saturday for the Arkansas River Valley. The area’s heat index values will rise to 105 to 112 degrees today…and 105 to 110 degrees tomorrow across most of the state.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Those in the area are advised to drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-conditioned room…stay out of the sun…and check up on relatives, neighbors, and your pets.
As of 105 this (Friday) afternoon, another record high temperature for the region was set. The temperature at North Little Rock has reached 103 degrees. This set a new record high temperature for the calendar day June 29th. The previous record was 102…which was set in 1988.
High heat indices will occur during the afternoon hours today and Saturday. However…nighttime temperatures in the mid to upper 70s will add to the discomfort. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will also combine to create a dangerous situation.
All but five county governments in Arkansas have now issued “burn bans”, most including the shooting of fireworks. All of the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding area is currently under a burn ban. And all of Arkansas remains under a “High” wildfire danger, according the the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
Although most discussion near this Fourth of July holiday centers around the dangers of fireworks, there are many other precautions which may be overlooked. Earlier this week, ArkansasRiverValley.com issued an article titled “Fire Safety in Drought Conditions”, exposing some even more likely causes of unintended fires.
Here is the link in case anyone missed it.
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