Arkansas Climate


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The climate in Arkansas State is typically temperate and humid, with the summer months typically being hot and humid. The state experiences an average of 50 inches of rain per year, mostly during the spring and summer months. Winters are usually mild and wet, with some snowfall in areas of higher elevation. Temperatures during the summer often reach up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 Celsius), while temperatures in winter can dip down to below freezing. Average annual temperatures range from around 48 degrees Fahrenheit (8.9 Celsius) to just under 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.6 Celsius).

Arkansas, Arkansas gets 51 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Arkansas averages 4 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 217 sunny days per year in Arkansas. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Arkansas gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 95 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 91 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 28
Rain: averages 51 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 4 inches of snow a year

Bestplaces Comfort Index

Arkansas's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 7.2 (10=best) indicates it is more comfortable than most states in the United States.

5.8 Summer - 6.5 Winter
May, October and September are the most pleasant months in the state of Arkansas, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateArkansas, ArkansasUnited States
  50.5 in.38.1 in.
  4.0 in.27.8 in.
  95.3 days106.2 days
  217 days205 days
  518 ft.2443 ft.

Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

August is the hottest month for Arkansas with an average high temperature of 91.2°, which ranks it as warmer than most states. In Arkansas, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Arkansas are May, October and April.
Arkansas has 55.6 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most states in the U.S.
January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Arkansas with an average of 28.1°. This is warmer than most of the U.S. states.
Arkansas has 70.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S.
Arkansas averages 0.4 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S.
Humidity in the state of Arkansas can be uncomfortable during the summer, but comfortable for most of the year. The most uncomfortably humid months are July, August and June. The humid season runs from June-September and the most comfortable months are October-May.
May is the wettest month in Arkansas with 5.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is August with 2.9 inches. The wettest season is Summer with 29% of yearly precipitation and 21% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. Arkansas's average annual rainfall of 50.5 inches indicates that it is wetter than most states in the United States.
May is the rainiest month in Arkansas with 10.0 days of rain, and August is the driest month with only 6.1 rainy days. Arkansas's annual average of 95.3 days with measurable rain is less rainy than most states in the United States. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 29% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.
With an average annual snowfall of 4.0 inches, Arkansas is one of the least snowy states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in Arkansas with 1.6 inches of snow, and 4 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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I live in a small town at the very edge of Little Rock and I love where I live. Having said that, there are places in Arkansas (especially in LR) that I would not live,  More

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I am seeing some reviews that Arkansas is the worst place to be for jobs, and out of all the cities Springdale is the absolute worse, the school district is made up of  More

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The Ozark Mountains are incredibly beautiful with abundant wildlife, rivers, creeks and lakes.  More

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