The best times to visit Northern Arkansas for ideal weather are
April 16th to June 10th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Northern Arkansas Travel Guide
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Weather in Northern Arkansas
Average temperatures in Northern Arkansas vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 32nd 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 Northern Arkansas, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 91.6°F (33.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 70.6°F (21.4°C) at night.
Northern Arkansas Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Northern 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.
Northern Arkansas Perceived Temperature (F)
Northern Arkansas Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Northern 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 significant precipitation in Northern Arkansas are November, January, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late August to early September. For example, on the week of August 27th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid July with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of July 9th.
When can you find snow in Northern Arkansas? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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 Northern Arkansas.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Northern 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
Northern Arkansas has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (48.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (68.7%).
Wind in Northern Arkansas is usually calm. The windiest month is December, followed by April and March. December’s average wind speed of around 7.9 knots (9.1 MPH or 14.6 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late March 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 Northern Arkansas.
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||7.1||Gentle breeze||13||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7.5||Gentle breeze||13.3||Significant breeze|
|Mar||7.7||Gentle breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Apr||7.9||Gentle breeze||14.5||Significant breeze|
|May||5.8||Light breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.2||Light breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Jul||4.1||Light breeze||9.6||Significant breeze|
|Aug||4.1||Light breeze||9.3||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||4.4||Light breeze||9.8||Significant breeze|
|Oct||6.1||Light breeze||11.6||Significant breeze|
|Nov||6||Light breeze||11.2||Significant breeze|
|Dec||7.9||Gentle breeze||13.9||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Northern Arkansas?
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 Northern Arkansas, AR, US is March, followed by May and February. 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 Northern 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 Northern Arkansas Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 81.8°F (27.7°C) and 54.1°F (12.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 10 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the 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 4 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Northern Arkansas, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 80.9°F (27.2°C) and 55.9°F (13.3°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 2 to 8 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 Northern Arkansas to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 54.1°F (12.3°C) and 41.7°F (5.4°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.