Everyone knows it is very hot. It seems like everyday we are talking about records in one way or another. However, this record seems to put the Heat Wave of 2011 into perspective. July of 2011 had an average temperature of 84.5 degrees in Fayetteville which makes it the 3rd hottest July on record finishing behind 1954 which had an average temperature of 85.3 and the all time hottest July was set in 1934 which averaged 85.5 degrees.
Fort Smith is in a league of its own. The average temperature was 91.2 degrees which is the first time in the city’s recorded history a month had an average temperature above 90 degrees. This not only makes it the hottest July on record, but also the hottest month ever recorded. At this point, it doesn’t look like August will be much cooler. We are starting off the month with the worst heat of the summer. Temperatures will come near 110 degrees in the river valley by mid-week. In fact, the last time temperatures reached 110 degrees was 47 years ago on August 4, 1964. The hottest temperature ever recorded at Fort Smith was 113 degrees which was set on August 10, 1936…It would not shock me if this record is in jeopardy later this week.
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