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70 Years Ago Today, Highest Temperature in Arkansas Recorded

AUGUST 10, 2006 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CDT

 

OZARK, AR - So you think it's hot out there?  Yes, but not as hot as it was on this date back in 1936, in the Franklin County town of Ozark.  That's when the all-time temperature record for Arkansas was set...120 degrees.

The heat wave of 1936 still claims many state records.  Triple-digit temperatures were recorded in many locations from the first week of June until the third week of September.  On August 10, when it was 120 at Ozark, temperatures topped out at 117 in Subiaco and Texarkana.

National Weather Service records show that the mercury hit 115 at Camden, Conway, Hope and Hot Springs, and 114 at Fort Smith and Morrilton.  Little Rock was a relatively mild 110, as were Batesville and Mountain Home.

Some of the reports are still all-time records for some locations.  Little Rock exceded that record in 2000, hitting 111 degrees on August 30.

More 100-degree-plus temperatures are expected around Arkansas today.  Yesterday's hot spot was Fort Smith, where it reached 104 degrees, while Monticello and Hot Springs hit 103, and the high at Little Rock was 102.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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