Arkansas Weather 2012: High Temperatures Break Records As Heat Scorches State

07/23/2012 10:07 am ET | Updated Sep 22, 2012

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Eleven high-temperature records fell in Arkansas on Saturday, the National Weather Service said Sunday, and three others were tied.

Nimrod Dam bested its record high of 107 in 1943 with 108 on Saturday. Other cities recording record highs Saturday included: 100 degrees at Keo; 101 at Murfreesboro; 103 at Leola; 105 at Nashville; 106 at the Batesville Lock and Dam; 107 at Alum Fork and Malvern; 108 at Dardenelle; and 109 at Morrilton and Cabot.

All three records that were tied were 103 degrees at Sparkman, Pine Bluff and Mountain View.

The forecast calls for highs in the mid-90s to near 100 degrees through Thursday with little chance for rain, the weather service said.

Arkansas' fire danger rated as 'high" by the Arkansas Forestry Commission, and burn bans are in effect in 55 of the state's 75 counties.

The state is also in the midst of drought, with parts of central Arkansas in exceptional drought, the most severe drought rating, according the U.S. Drought Monitor. A swath from southwestern through northeastern Arkansas is in extreme drought. And northwestern and most of southern Arkansas are in severe drought.

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