The best times to visit Fort Smith for ideal weather are
March 12th to May 20th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Fort Smith Travel Guide
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Weather in Fort Smith
Average temperatures in Fort Smith 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 26th 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 Fort Smith, 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 98.5°F (36.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 74.3°F (23.5°C) at night.
Fort Smith Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Fort Smith 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.
Fort Smith Perceived Temperature (F)
Fort Smith Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Fort Smith 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 significant precipitation in Fort Smith are January, November, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid January. For example, on the week of January 15th 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 Fort Smith? Weather stations report moderate or seasonal snow likely to be deepest around December, especially close to early December. The best time to ski (if at all) in Fort Smith is often around around December 3rd 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.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Fort Smith.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Fort Smith (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
Fort Smith has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (50.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (60.1%).
Wind in Fort Smith is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by April and March. February’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 15.7 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Fort Smith.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||6.3||Light breeze||13.2||Significant breeze|
|Feb||6.9||Light breeze||14||Significant breeze|
|Mar||6.7||Light breeze||14.1||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6.8||Light breeze||14.8||Significant breeze|
|May||5.7||Light breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.3||Light breeze||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Jul||4.6||Light breeze||11.7||Significant breeze|
|Aug||4.6||Light breeze||11.4||Significant breeze|
|Sep||4.7||Light breeze||10.8||Significant breeze|
|Oct||5.1||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Nov||5.8||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|Dec||6.2||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Fort Smith?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 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. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Fort Smith, AR, US is July, followed by February 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 Fort Smith 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 Fort Smith Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 88°F (31.1°C) and 59.8°F (15.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 9 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 moderate precipitation with 5 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Fort Smith, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 91.5°F (33.1°C) and 60.5°F (15.8°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 6 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 Fort Smith to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 60.4°F (15.8°C) and 51.9°F (11.1°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.