After record daily low temperatures in Boston on December 16, Denver on December 17, and on two locations in Southern California on December 18, Little Rock, Arkansas recorded a record low temperature of -11.1 °C (12 °F) early Monday morning, December 19, 2016.
According to the National Weather Service, the previous record low in Little Rock for December 19 was -10.5 °C (13 °F), a mark last hit in 1945. It was also that cold in 1929 and 1901.
Record low temperature record broken at Little Rock this morning with 12° recorded. Previous record of 13° set in 1945, 1929 and 1901. #arwx
— NWS Little Rock (@NWSLittleRock) December 19, 2016
— NWS Little Rock (@NWSLittleRock) December 20, 2016
The record was measured at a station at Clinton National Airport, and comes on a day when brutally cold air settled throughout the state, the Arkansas Online reports.
By 7 a.m., Monticello in south Arkansas was one of the warmest readings across the state at -6.6 °C (20 °F). Little Rock had warmed to -10.5 °C (13 °F) at that point while Fayetteville was -15.5 °C (4 °F), Mountain Home was -15 °C (5 °F)and Hot Springs was -8.8 °C (16 °F).
Forecasters expect the brutal cold to be over as the week continues.
In Little Rock, highs in the 40s and 50s (4.4 – 10 °C) were forecast Tuesday through Friday.
Featured image: Temperatures in Arkansas on December 19, 2016. Credit: NWS
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