The best times to visit Arkansas for ideal weather are

April 2nd to May 27th

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

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Weather in Arkansas

Temperature

Average temperatures in Arkansas vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice some of the year, but often too hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 30th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. 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)

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Arkansas Temperatures (Celsius)

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“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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Arkansas Perceived Temperature (C)

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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 50.1 38.6 29.5
Feb 52.7 41.3 32.3
Mar 64.5 52.3 42.1
Apr 73.5 61.1 50.4
May 80.6 69.4 59.5
Jun 89.9 78.8 68.9
Jul 91.5 80.3 70.6
Aug 91.8 79.9 69.6
Sep 84.8 72.5 62.4
Oct 74.3 61.1 50.2
Nov 62.8 50.5 40.6
Dec 53 42.4 34

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 10.1 3.7 -1.4
Feb 11.5 5.2 0.2
Mar 18.1 11.3 5.6
Apr 23.1 16.2 10.2
May 27 20.8 15.3
Jun 32.2 26 20.5
Jul 33.1 26.8 21.4
Aug 33.2 26.6 20.9
Sep 29.3 22.5 16.9
Oct 23.5 16.2 10.1
Nov 17.1 10.3 4.8
Dec 11.7 5.8 1.1


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Arkansas are January, August, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late September. For example, on the week of September 24th there are no 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 days of significant precipitation the week of May 7th.

When can you find snow in Arkansas? Weather stations report a good amount of seasonal snow likely to be deepest around December, especially close to late December. The best time to ski (if at all) in Arkansas is often around around December 24th when fresh powder is deepest. 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.

Chanceof Precipitation

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

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 12% 1.6 2.3
Feb 15% 1.9 2.3
Mar 18% 2.4 3.6
Apr 19% 0 4.2
May 22% 0 5.1
Jun 14% 0 2.8
Jul 15% 0 3.2
Aug 12% 0 2.5
Sep 12% 0 3
Oct 16% 0 3.6
Nov 14% 3.1 3.1
Dec 17% 3.3 3.9

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 12 4.1 5.8
Feb 15 4.8 5.8
Mar 18 6.1 9.1
Apr 19 0 10.7
May 22 0 13
Jun 14 0 7.1
Jul 15 0 8.1
Aug 12 0 6.4
Sep 12 0 7.6
Oct 16 0 9.1
Nov 14 7.9 7.9
Dec 17 8.4 9.9

 

Humidity and Wind

Arkansas has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (55.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (65.5%).

Wind in Arkansas is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by March and February. April’s average wind speed of around 6.9 knots (7.9 MPH or 12.7 KPH) is considered “a 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.

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Wind

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

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6.2 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Feb 6.6 Light breeze 13.1 Significant breeze
Mar 6.8 Light breeze 13.5 Significant breeze
Apr 6.9 Light breeze 14 Significant breeze
May 5.8 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Jun 5.1 Light breeze 11.8 Significant breeze
Jul 4.2 Light breeze 10.4 Significant breeze
Aug 4 Light breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
Sep 4.1 Light breeze 9.7 Significant breeze
Oct 4.8 Light breeze 11 Significant breeze
Nov 5.5 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Dec 5.8 Light breeze 11.9 Significant 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?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 19, 2018 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

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. 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 6 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest 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 the least precipitation with 4 to 5 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 significant amount: 4 to 5 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably 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 56.1°F (13.4°C) and 48.3°F (9.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 5 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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