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July one of the coolest on record for Little Rock

Today's high temperature watched for record chill

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published July 31, 2014 at 7:18 a.m. Updated July 31, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

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This National Weather Service map shows temperatures at 10 a.m.

UPDATE:

The temperature in Little Rock reached 73 before noon, surpassing the lowest high temperature in July record set originally in 1880 and tied earlier this month.

Forecasters initially thought a rainy system and cloud cover Thursday could keep temperatures as low as the upper 60s, breaking the longstanding record. But the heavier rain didn't develop in central Arkansas and that allowed the air to warm a few degrees, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Hood.

If temperatures stay at or below 74, it would still tie or break a record for lowest high temperature on July 31, a mark that dates back to 1902.

"But that may be kind of difficult" with the thermometer reaching 73 before noon, Hood said.

Regardless of whether that record is broken, the unseasonably cool weather will still cap one of the coldest Julys in Little Rock history as well as other places around the state, Hood said.

EARLIER:

Little Rock today will flirt with tying or breaking its longstanding record for lowest high temperature in July and the month will stand as one of the coolest Julys here ever, the National Weather Service said Thursday.

Meteorologist Jeff Hood, who works in the weather service's North Little Rock office, said temperatures aren't likely to increase significantly from where they stood at 6 a.m., an unseasonably cool 67.

The record coolest high temperature in Little Rock in July is 71, a tally tied once this month on July 18 but not recorded previously in more than a century before. A 71-degree high temperature was previously set on July 21, 1880, just a year after National Weather Service records in Little Rock began.

Hood said forecasters will be watching closely to see if Little Rock stays cool enough to break or tie the mark. If the clouds don't break and light rain continues through the day, the high could conceivably not advance out of the upper 60s.

"It's always interesting being a part of it going on while you're working," Hood said. "Something like this, if we're close enough to breaking it, [you think] let's go ahead and break the record as close as we are anyway."

And it's a welcome change from previous years, Hood said, to be contemplating a July temperature record that isn't tied to midsummer heat.

"This type of record seems to be pretty appealing to most folks out there," he said.

With a day left in the month, Little Rock had experienced its fourth-coolest July ever and could move down a notch depending on how Thursday goes, Hood said. Through 30 days, the preliminary average temperature for the month was 77.7 degrees. The average Little Rock July temperature is 82.8 degrees.

Records were falling elsewhere too.

Even with a day left, the weather service reported on Twitter that Malvern, Morrilton, Batesville, Sparkman and Searcy would record their all-time coolest Julys. Hood said several other locations across the state may see such records or at least land in the top-five coolest-ever Julys. More daily low high-temperature records may fall too.

Some records fell earlier this week. At 63 degrees Wednesday, Pine Bluff set its record low temperature for July 30. And Harrison had a high temperature Wednesday of 70, breaking the lowest high temperature mark of 73 set in 1981.

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dinky1 says... July 31, 2014 at 8:15 a.m.

Ahhhh, it sure helped me by saving some money from the electric company.

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KCSAP says... July 31, 2014 at 8:22 a.m.

Good thing Obama is shutting down all those unnecessary coal fired electric plants due to global warming!

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AmericasDoomed says... July 31, 2014 at 10:13 a.m.

Yep, we had one of the coldest winters and one of the coolest summer's back to back. The left will now start discussing global cooling.

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Felina says... July 31, 2014 at 10:24 a.m.

Well, we ARE overdue for the next Ice Age, so maybe maybe the carbon emissions will save us!

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mitchstoner says... July 31, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

Dang it! We just can't have this cool summer! It will have all those global warming deniers getting all worked up again!

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GCW says... July 31, 2014 at 1:17 p.m.

Global warming is happening everywhere on the planet except where we happen to be. That's just something I keep noticing.

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Molly44 says... July 31, 2014 at 1:26 p.m.

Meanwhile during the winter month of July in Sydney, Austrailia: Sydney basked in its warmest July weather in almost a quarter of a century on Thursday, with the city enjoying conditions more like late-spring rather than mid-winter, meteorologists say.

Great Britian had the 8th highest July on record since 1910.

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carpenterretired says... July 31, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.

People think that the earth is round and climate changes ,people think that the earth is flat and climate does not change .

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arkateacher54_aol.com says... July 31, 2014 at 2:17 p.m.

More reason for me not to trust scientists.

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Packman says... July 31, 2014 at 3:38 p.m.

That cold shoulder Mrs. Clinton has been giving Mr. Clinton of late is certainly ubiquitous.

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