Today is Sunday, August 20, 2017

Heat Index to reach 102-105 today

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Be careful if you are out and about this afternoon as the heat index should be between 102-105 degrees.

That’s the word from the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory which issued a Special Weather Statement regarding the heat.

The statement noted that “As a strong upper level ridge of high pressure begins to develop across the Mid-state, temperatures will be on the increase. The combination of heat and humidity that is in place will allow heat index values to reach the 102-105-degree range across much of the Middle Tennessee area, with the exception of the Cumberland Plateau.”

Take the necessary precautions if you must be outdoors, meteorologists said, to protect yourself from the heat. They suggested, “Slow down, wear light colored clothing and drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages. Check on the elderly and above all, do not leave small children unattended inside a vehicle for any length of time.

“The heat is expected to continue through the weekend and into next week,” they added.

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