The best times to visit Arkansas for ideal weather are

April 2nd to May 20th

or

October 1st to October 28th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 


Arkansas Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Arkansas

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Arkansas vary somewhat and are seasonally temperate. The area is in the top 80 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Arkansas, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 94.3°F (34.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 72.3°F (22.4°C) at night.

    Arkansas Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

    Arkansas Temperatures (Celsius)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

    “Feels-Like” Temperatures

    The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

    Arkansas Perceived Temperature (F)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    Arkansas Perceived Temperature (C)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

     

    Average Arkansas Temperatures by Month

    Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 44.7 35 26.9
    Feb 46.7 36.8 28.5
    Mar 55.9 45.2 36.1
    Apr 64.5 53.6 44.1
    May 72.9 62.3 52.7
    Jun 80.6 70.2 60.7
    Jul 83.8 73.5 64.4
    Aug 83.2 72.7 63.5
    Sep 77.8 66.9 57.8
    Oct 67.4 56.8 47.9
    Nov 56.2 46.1 37.6
    Dec 47.5 38.6 31.1

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 7.1 1.7 -2.8
    Feb 8.2 2.7 -1.9
    Mar 13.3 7.3 2.3
    Apr 18.1 12 6.7
    May 22.7 16.8 11.5
    Jun 27 21.2 15.9
    Jul 28.8 23.1 18
    Aug 28.4 22.6 17.5
    Sep 25.4 19.4 14.3
    Oct 19.7 13.8 8.8
    Nov 13.4 7.8 3.1
    Dec 8.6 3.7 -0.5

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Arkansas are May, March, and then April. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid-January. For example, on the week of January 15th there are only 1.2 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early-to-mid-May with an average of 2.8 days with significant precipitation the week of May 7th.

    When can you find snow in Arkansas? Weather stations report a bit of annual snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to late December. Powder (new snow) is most often falls around December 24th. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

    Chance of Precipitation

    The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Arkansas.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Arkansas (in).

    Key
    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 20 0.1 0.07
    Feb 25.7 0.3 0.08
    Mar 30 0.6 0.12
    Apr 30 0 0.14
    May 32.9 0 0.16
    Jun 22.9 0 0.09
    Jul 24.3 0 0.1
    Aug 21.4 0 0.08
    Sep 22.9 0 0.1
    Oct 27.1 0 0.12
    Nov 24.3 0.1 0.1
    Dec 27.1 0.5 0.13

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 20 0.3 0.18
    Feb 25.7 0.8 0.2
    Mar 30 1.5 0.3
    Apr 30 0 0.36
    May 32.9 0 0.41
    Jun 22.9 0 0.23
    Jul 24.3 0 0.25
    Aug 21.4 0 0.2
    Sep 22.9 0 0.25
    Oct 27.1 0 0.3
    Nov 24.3 0.3 0.25
    Dec 27.1 1.3 0.33

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Arkansas has slightly low to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is April (55.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (65.5%).

    Wind in Arkansas is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by March and February. April’s average wind speed of around 6.9 knots (7.9 MPH or 12.8 KPH) is considered “light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early April where average top sustained speeds reach 14.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

    The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Arkansas.

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 6.2 a light breeze 12.6 a moderate breeze
    Feb 6.6 a light breeze 13.1 a moderate breeze
    Mar 6.8 a light breeze 13.5 a moderate breeze
    Apr 6.9 a light breeze 14 a moderate breeze
    May 5.8 a light breeze 12.6 a moderate breeze
    Jun 5.1 a light breeze 11.8 a moderate breeze
    Jul 4.2 a light breeze 10.4 a moderate breeze
    Aug 4 a light breeze 10.1 a gentle breeze
    Sep 4.1 a light breeze 9.7 a moderate breeze
    Oct 4.8 a light breeze 11 a moderate breeze
    Nov 5.5 a light breeze 11.6 a moderate breeze
    Dec 5.8 a light breeze 11.9 a moderate breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 55.8
    Feb 56.7
    Mar 57.2
    Apr 55.7
    May 63.2
    Jun 62
    Jul 63.2
    Aug 61.7
    Sep 63.6
    Oct 60.7
    Nov 59
    Dec 65.5

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Arkansas?

    As of 6/22/2017 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories.
     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in Arkansas, United States is June, followed by July and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Arkansas in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

    Estimated Tourism by Month

     

    Most Popular Months to Visit

    Key
    Tourists Seeking Accommodations

    Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 41.3 in November means 41.3% of the tourists vs. June.

    Overall Arkansas Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 85.6°F (29.8°C) and 56.1°F (13.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 9 to 10 days of precipitation per month. Spring is busy for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

    Summer (June through August)

    The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 7 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Arkansas, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 88°F (31.1°C) and 56.9°F (13.8°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair amount: 7 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

    Winter (December through February)

    Weather is too cold this time of year in Arkansas to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 55.9°F (13.3°C) and 48.3°F (9.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a noticeable amount: 6 to 8 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

     


     

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