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Arkansas to see record-breaking high temperatures on Christmas Day, forecasters predict

by Brianna Kwasnik | December 23, 2021 at 12:28 p.m.
While temperatures Christmas Day this year are expected to be in the 70s for Arkansas, the state saw widespread snow and freezing rain in 2012, according to this National Weather Service graphic.

Arkansans can expect record breaking high temperatures on Christmas Day, according to the National Weather Service.

On Christmas Eve, high temperature will be in the mid-60s for most locations, said meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh. 

On Christmas Day, Cavanaugh said the high temperatures will depend on the speed of a cold front moving through the state, but most areas will see temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s. 

The cold front is not very cold, he said, and is more like a dry air front. 

"Only four times since 1900 has it reached 70 degrees or above in Little Rock at Christmastime," according to meteorologist John Lewis. "If temperatures reach 70 degrees Friday, that would make it the fifth time."

The last time Little Rock experienced 70-degree temperatures at Christmas was 2019, Lewis said. The time before that was 1971.

A major change in temperatures will probably not occur until the end of December, closer to New Year’s Eve, when a stronger cold front moves through, according to Cavanaugh.

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