Relief in Sight from Arkansas Heat Wave

JULY 26, 2005 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A cold front expected to move through the state today or tomorrow should bring relief from the sweltering heat that has opressed Arkansans for several weeks.  But, in the meantime, the high temperatures are raising electric bills and keeping drought conditions intact.

A forecaster at the National Weather Service in North Little Rock said yesterday that the high 90s, even 100-degree temperatures are typical for Arkansas in July.

Forecaster John Lewis says there's a lot more summer to go and another period or two of sweltering temperatures is likely.  The heat index reached 114 degrees yesterday in northeast Arkansas, according to K8 forecaster Chris Castleman.  Nonetheless, Lewis says there haven't been any record-setting highs this summer.

James Thompson, a spokesman for Entergy, says the electric company has had outages this summer but not any more than normal.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)