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Average Weather in Hot Springs Arkansas, United States

In Hot Springs, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are chilly and wet, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 33°F to 92°F and is rarely below 20°F or above 100°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 31 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 27, with an average high of 92°F and low of 72°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 25 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest day of the year is January 7, with an average low of 33°F and high of 51°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in Hot Springs12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecchillycoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Clouds

In Hot Springs, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Hot Springs begins around June 10 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around November 10. On October 5, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 70% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 30% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 10 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around June 10. On February 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 51% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 49% of the time.

Cloud Cover

Cloud Cover in Hot Springsclearercloudiercloudier0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 1651%Feb 1651%Oct 530%Oct 530%Jun 1041%Jun 1041%Nov 1041%Nov 1041%overcastmostly cloudypartly cloudymostly clearclear
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Hot Springs varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.3 months, from March 30 to August 8, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on May 15.

The drier season lasts 7.7 months, from August 8 to March 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on January 11.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 41% on May 15.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Hot Springswetdrydry0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecMay 1541%May 1541%Jan 1122%Jan 1122%Jan 123%Jan 123%Mar 3032%Mar 3032%Aug 832%Aug 832%snowrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Hot Springs experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Hot Springs. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 2, with an average total accumulation of 5.2 inches.

The least rain falls around August 23, with an average total accumulation of 2.7 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Hot Springs does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Hot Springssnowsnow0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 inJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJan 60.2 inJan 60.2 inJul 140.0 inJul 140.0 inDec 70.1 inDec 70.1 inMar 60.1 inMar 60.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Hot Springs varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 51 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 28 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:59 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 36 minutes later at 7:35 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:01 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 27 minutes later at 8:28 PM on June 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Hot Springs during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Hot Springs12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 125:59 AMJun 125:59 AM8:28 PMJun 298:28 PMJun 29Dec 55:01 PMDec 55:01 PM7:35 AMNov 47:35 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnight
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

Hot Springs experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 10 to October 1, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 23% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 22, with muggy conditions 88% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 29, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in Hot Springsmuggy0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJan 290%Jan 290%88%Jul 2288%Jul 22May 1023%May 1023%Oct 123%Oct 123%miserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumiddrydry
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Hot Springs does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.5 miles per hour of 2.3 miles per hour throughout.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Hot Springs0.0 mph0.5 mph1.0 mph1.5 mph2.0 mph2.5 mph3.0 mph3.5 mph4.0 mphJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecApr 12.8 mphApr 12.8 mphJul 311.8 mphJul 311.8 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Hot Springs varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 6.5 months, from February 4 to August 19 and for 2.8 months, from October 1 to December 27, with a peak percentage of 49% on May 20. The wind is most often from the east for 1.4 months, from August 19 to October 1, with a peak percentage of 38% on September 5. The wind is most often from the north for 1.2 months, from December 27 to February 4, with a peak percentage of 31% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Hot SpringsNSES0%20%40%60%80%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecwestsoutheastnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from April 13 to August 31, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 26, with an average of 6.8 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from November 9 to February 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.5 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Hot Springsbrightdarkdark0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 266.8 kWhJun 266.8 kWhDec 232.5 kWhDec 232.5 kWhApr 135.9 kWhApr 135.9 kWhAug 315.9 kWhAug 315.9 kWhNov 93.3 kWhNov 93.3 kWhFeb 73.4 kWhFeb 73.4 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Hot Springs are 34.504 deg latitude, -93.055 deg longitude, and 568 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Hot Springs contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 755 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 644 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,109 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,060 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Hot Springs is covered by artificial surfaces (51%) and trees (48%), within 10 miles by trees (78%), and within 50 miles by trees (76%) and cropland (12%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Hot Springs, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Hot Springs.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Hot Springs according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Hot Springs is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Hot Springs and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Memorial Field Airport (60%, 24 kilometers, south); Mount Ida (21%, 48 kilometers, west); Adams Field (10%, 79 kilometers, east); and Russellville Municipal Airport (9%, 84 kilometers, north).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.