LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An excessive heat warning is in effect for central Arkansas because of temperatures that will feel like 110 degrees or hotter.
The warning is in effect from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday for Conway, Faulkner, Grant, Jefferson, Lonoke, Perry, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline and White counties. The rest of the state is covered by a heat advisory, which is issued when heat index values exceed 105 degrees or actual air temperature is 103 or above.
The oppressive heat is expected to continue through Friday with a slight cooldown expected by the weekend. On Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Little Rock said on Twitter: "It's DISGUSTING out there!"
The weather prompted the closure Thursday of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office administrative building because of a "building system failure."