100 degrees was a common temperature Saturday afternoon across the river valley. Fort Smith reached 101 degrees, which was 1 degree away from the record high and it just happened to be the hottest June day dating back to 1988. Dewpoint temperatures this evening have jumped to 76 degrees in Fayetteville and 78 degrees in Russellville which is by far the hottest and most humid day of the heat wave. On the other hand, relief is marching ever so closer. Below is the satellite and radar composite as of 10:20 pm on Saturday.
The severe weather will continue to head northeast overnight tonight. However a few showers and a rumble of thunder is expected. The best chance of storms will be in northwest Arkansas. However, the storms will be scattered and not everyone will pick up on the rainfall. There is a better chance for rain next Friday and Saturday.