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Triple-Digit Heat Worsens Drought in Arkansas

JONESBORO, AR - A month-long drought in Arkansas is being aggravated by triple-digit heat that has oppressed the state during much of August.  Many locations are reporting dryness at "moderate" or "extreme" levels.

Several cities have not had rain for 30 to 40 days.  Much of northern Arkansas was classified by the U.S. Climate Prediction Center as having moderate drought conditions, while northeast Arkansas, generally from Batesville to Blytheville, was listed as extreme.

Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees in nearly all of Arkansas most of last week; Evening Shade hit 112.  After a weekend break, temperatures this week have also reached past 100.

Arkansas' last significant rainfall fell July 12-14.

Statewide, 54 counties have issued bans on outdoor burning, including 16 in Region 8.  The National Weather Service says dangerous fire conditions exist in most of the state.

August is traditionally one of the driest months of the year, with less than three-quarters of an inch of rain falling per week.  September's rainfall, on average, is a little higher.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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