Heat Wave Continues to Bake Arkansas

JULY 19, 2006 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas shouldn't look for any relief from opressive heat before the weekend.  That was the word from forecasters yesterday, on a day when temperatures soared well above 100 degrees in many parts of the state.

By midafternoon, most areas in southern and western Arkansas had already passed the century mark.  A high of 106 degrees was reported at Monticello, while De Queen topped out at 105.  Temperatures of 104 degrees were recorded at Hot Springs, El Dorado, Texarkana and Mount Ida.  Other communities with temperatures of 100 or above included Little Rock, Fort Smith, Pine Bluff, Russellville and even Harrison, in north Arkansas near the Missouri state line.

The death of a second Arkansans attributed to the heat was also reported.  The body of 76-year-old Versia Sanders of North Little Rock was found in her apartment shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday.  A friend said she had refused to turn on her air conditioner.

Weather Service forecaster John Lewis said temperatures are expected to remain stifling in Arkansas throughout the week, with a potential cooldown coming Saturday.  According to Lewis, forecasters expect high temperatures to be in the upper 80s and lower 90s throughout the state on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Rain is possible Friday night, with chances also Saturday and Sunday.

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