Record highs fell today thanks to afternoon temperatures at or above 80°. Springfield set a new record high of 80°, topping the old record high of 79° set back in 1915. Vichy and Harrison also set new record highs. This is rare air for November. Going back to 1888, Springfield has hit 80° 14 out of those 135 years. It’s even more unusual to hit 80 multiple times in November and that’s certainly on the table with widespread 80° warmth Wednesday.
For tonight, we’ll find starry skies and breezy southerly winds. Temperatures will only drop into the 60s by morning.
Wednesday will be breezy with southwest winds at 10 to 20 mph, gusting to 25 mph. Skies will be sunny to begin the day with clouds increasing late in the afternoon. The big headline will be record highs with most locations hitting 80° again.
A cold front will push through late Wednesday afternoon and evening. Clouds will quickly follow the front and there may be a brief period of very light mist. Temperatures will quickly fall from the 70s into the 60s and into the mid to upper 40s by morning.
It’s back to reality Thursday and we’ll have to dig the jackets back out. Morning sunshine will give way to increasing clouds with light showers skirting across Northern Arkansas. Afternoon temperatures Thursday will be over 20° cooler than Wednesday.
Rain will continue south of the state line Thursday night, moving out by morning. Friday will be bright and cool with afternoon temperatures close to normal. The pattern won’t change much through the weekend with lows in the 30s and highs in the low to mid 60s through Monday.
The next storm will come out of the Southwest by Tuesday. Look for an increase in clouds by Tuesday, and possibly a slight chance for showers. It’s detached from cold air to the north, so it won’t have much impact on temperatures. In fact, temperatures may hit 70° later next week.