Special weather statement

The National Weather Service Nashville just released the following special weather statement concerning this week’s heat wave. It ends with some good tips for beating the heat.

…The first significant heat wave of the summer arrives late
this week and continues over the weekend…

As an upper level area of high pressure builds over the Mid-State
this week, our temperatures will be on the rise. Not only will
the afternoons become hotter, the nights will become increasingly
warm and muggy too.

From the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau to the Tennessee
River, high temperatures in the mid 90s will become common, and
maximum afternoon heat index values will creep into the 100 to
105 degree range. This will be some of the hottest weather of the
summer so far, and hot weather safety will become increasingly
important.

Even folks along the Cumberland Plateau will see maximum heat
index values in the middle 90s.

Many spots, especially along and west of Interstate 65, will see
nighttime temperatures fall no lower than the middle 70s.

Following are some hot weather safety rules…

Never…ever…leave a child or animal in a hot car…not even
for a minute. Dozens of infants and untold numbers of pets die
every year in hot vehicles.

Check on the elderly and ensure they are coping well with the
heat.

Slow down, and, take a break. Find a place to cool off, in a
shaded spot or in an air conditioned building.

Listen to your body, and know the warning signs of heat stress
and heat stroke.

Wear lightweight, loose fitting, and light colored clothing to
reflect heat.”

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