A heat advisory for Faulkner County, that extends to include much of the southeastern region of the state, will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Heat index values are expected to reach at least 105 degrees in the early afternoon and extend into the evening hours, the weather service said.
The weather service advises that residents drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids and take frequent breaks in an air-conditioned environment.
John Robinson, a weather service meteorologist, says a few severe thunderstorms could be seen in northern and central Arkansas this afternoon and evening, and most anywhere in the state Saturday afternoon and evening. Robinson said the main severe weather threat is damaging winds.