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Average Weather in Little Rock Arkansas, United States

In Little Rock, 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 34°F to 93°F and is rarely below 21°F or above 100°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 28 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 93°F and low of 74°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 26 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest day of the year is January 16, with an average low of 34°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 Little Rock12 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 Little Rock, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Little Rock begins around June 12 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around November 9. On October 5, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 71% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 29% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 9 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around June 12. On March 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 49% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 51% of the time.

Cloud Cover

Cloud Cover in Little Rockclearercloudiercloudier0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecMar 149%Mar 149%Oct 529%Oct 529%Jun 1240%Jun 1240%Nov 939%Nov 939%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 Little Rock varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from March 15 to August 5, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on May 15.

The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from August 5 to March 15. The smallest chance of a wet day is 23% on January 12.

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 40% on May 15.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Little Rockwetdrydry0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecMay 1540%May 1540%Jan 1223%Jan 1223%Jan 123%Jan 123%Mar 1531%Mar 1531%Aug 532%Aug 532%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. Little Rock experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Little Rock. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 1, with an average total accumulation of 5.0 inches.

The least rain falls around August 23, with an average total accumulation of 2.4 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 Little Rock 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 Little Rocksnow0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 inJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJan 60.2 inJan 60.2 inJul 240.0 inJul 240.0 inDec 100.1 inDec 100.1 inFeb 260.1 inFeb 260.1 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 Little Rock varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 49 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 29 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 5:55 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 38 minutes later at 7:32 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:57 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 29 minutes later at 8:26 PM on June 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Little Rock 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 Little Rock12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 125:55 AMJun 125:55 AM8:26 PMJun 298:26 PMJun 29Dec 54:57 PMDec 54:57 PM7:32 AMNov 47:32 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.

Little Rock experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from May 8 to October 2, 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 90% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 13, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in Little Rockmuggy0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJan 130%Jan 130%90%Jul 2290%Jul 22May 823%May 823%Oct 223%Oct 223%oppressiveoppressivemuggymuggycomfortablecomfortabledrydrymiserablemiserable
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 Little Rock experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from October 18 to May 20, with average wind speeds of more than 3.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.0 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.9 months, from May 20 to October 18. The calmest day of the year is July 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 2.5 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

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 Little Rock varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 5.5 months, from February 20 to August 5 and for 2.8 months, from October 1 to December 26, with a peak percentage of 46% on May 19. The wind is most often from the east for 1.9 months, from August 5 to October 1, with a peak percentage of 39% on September 6. The wind is most often from the north for 1.8 months, from December 26 to February 20, with a peak percentage of 31% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Little RockNSES0%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 12 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 21, with an average of 6.8 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from November 9 to February 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.3 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 Little Rockbrightdarkdark0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 216.8 kWhJun 216.8 kWhDec 232.5 kWhDec 232.5 kWhApr 125.9 kWhApr 125.9 kWhAug 315.9 kWhAug 315.9 kWhNov 93.3 kWhNov 93.3 kWhFeb 63.3 kWhFeb 63.3 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 Little Rock are 34.746 deg latitude, -92.290 deg longitude, and 272 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Little Rock contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 331 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 306 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (640 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,716 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Little Rock is covered by artificial surfaces (92%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (46%) and trees (28%), and within 50 miles by trees (45%) and cropland (39%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Little Rock, 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 Little Rock.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Little Rock 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 Little Rock is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Little Rock and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Adams Field (88%, 5.1 kilometers, southeast); Robert Chris McIntosh Airport (9%, 23 kilometers, northeast); Memorial Field Airport (1.3%, 87 kilometers, southwest); and Russellville Municipal Airport (1.1%, 93 kilometers, northwest).

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.