Monday, August 6, 2007

Southeast U.S. is Dangerously HOT!

Map is courtesy of Wundergound

... Dangerously hot temperatures expected this week in Middle Tennessee...

A heat wave is expected to send high temperatures to near 100 degrees over much of middle Tennessee this week. Afternoon heat index readings are expected to range between 100 and 105 degrees over the next few days... and may very well go higher than that by mid and lateweek.

Coming on the heels of months of dry weather... makes this heat wave particularly brutal. In the absence of irrigation, most yards will brown and crisp by the end of the week. A few isolated thunderstormscould pop up this afternoon and again on Friday. However... most areas will remain dry.

This type of heat can be deadly... not only to grass... but people as well. Never... ever... leave children or pets alone in a car... not even for a minute. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can quickly rise to deadly levels. Check on elderly friends and neighbors... and make sure they are coping well with the heat.

As we all sweat it out this week... here are a few other hot weather safety rules to keep in mind...

... Limit your time outside during the afternoon heat
.... If you have to be outside... drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids
.... Be aware of the warning signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

These include... pale and moist skin... or... unusually hot and dry skin... profuse sweating... feeling faint... headache... nausea... dizziness... and confusion. Be smart... slow down... and stay out of the heat to prevent these problems.


Polarbear said...

This weather reminds me of my year in South China. Whew! Sure makes me long for those Alaskan summers of yore.

Polarbear said...

How do we get all of these varying temperatures. I noticed on the NWS page that Smyrna was over 100 (that station always seems to read hot) but Cookeville is showing 88 and then Crossville is 96. Are the expensive NWS sensors not much better than ones at Wal-Mart?!? :)

Michael Detwiler said...

The Smyrna gauge ALWAYS reads high, it is near the runway at the airport...Crossville doesn't make sense, other than we did have a passing bit of clouds late this afternoon when storms tried to form....


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