WILD WEEKEND: Storms and much cooler temperatures will impact Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark – The theme for the first half of May was summer temperatures! 16 of the first 17 days were warmer than average, and last week we had record high temperatures 5 days in a row. Now data shows that a strong cold front will bring storms and much cooler temperatures behind it this weekend.
Before we cool off, we will actually see another short heat wave from Wednesday 5/18 to Friday 5/20. Temperatures will hit the low 90s every afternoon on these days.
Anytime there are two very different air masses interacting with each other, there’s a chance of severe weather, and heavy to severe storms look likely in parts of the state Friday night. .
The Storm Prediction Center already has western parts of the state at marginal risk (level 1 out of 5) of severe weather. This is the lowest risk of destructive storms. It’s too early to tell about the potential for severe weather on Saturday, but we’ll have updates as the weekend approaches.
It’s too early to pin down specifics, but there is potential for all types of severe weather. This includes damaging winds, large hail and potential tornadoes.
Again, the timing of these storms is late Friday and Saturday.
After the storms, we will see big changes in our temperatures. Temperatures will drop from the upper 80s and low 90s on Saturday afternoon to the upper 40s and low 50s on Sunday morning. The maximums on Sunday afternoon will be around 70 degrees, or 10° below average!
Long range models show cool temperatures will only last until Monday 23rd with warm conditions returning soon.
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