It’s mostly good news in the weather forecast over the next 7 days. The only drawback being at least 1 more day of afternoon heat index values exceeding 100 degrees.
The new drought update that was issued today did see some improvement across southern Arkansas thanks to rainfall over the past 7 days. As a result, no burn bans are in effect for any of our southern Arkansas counties (Columbia County lifted burn ban today). Severe and extreme drought continues to plague areas of Texas and Louisiana along the I-20 corridor.
For Thursday evening, we may see a few thunderstorms develop across Oklahoma and Arkansas, but this activity should be isolated and short lived. Overnight lows will fall into the 70s.
Friday will bring another day of highs in the low and mid 90s with oppressive humidity bringing heat index values through the afternoon over 100 degrees. We will see an uptick in the rain and thunderstorms Friday, with the highest rain chances being across the northern ArkLaTex.
A disturbance will move closer to the region this weekend and that will result in scattered rain chances both Saturday and Sunday. A final push of a cold front will move in Monday, bringing the possibility of widespread rainfall early next week. Temperatures will respond by falling off a few degrees each day, and we may see several days in the 80s Monday through Wednesday next week. As of now the severe weather threat looks low, but a storm or two will be capable of producing high wind gusts in the upcoming days.
Rain totals over the next 7 days look to be in the 1 to 3 inch range, with the highest accumulations across the northern ArkLaTex.