The best times to visit Arkansas for ideal weather are
April 2nd to May 20th
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
Weather in Arkansas
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)
Arkansas Temperatures (Celsius)
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)
Arkansas Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
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.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Arkansas (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
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.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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|
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
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.