Mid-State continues to see recording breaking temperatures - WKRN News 2

Mid-State continues to see recording breaking temperatures

Posted: Updated: July 1, 2012 6:33 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

For a fourth day in a row, Nashville set a record high temperature on Sunday.

Temperatures reached 104 by Sunday afternoon, breaking the previous record of 101 which was set in 1954.

On Saturday, temperatures soared to 107 degrees.

The Nashville area set a new all time record high on Friday at 109 degrees.

The triple digit temperatures are expected to remain in the forecast through the beginning of the week.

Humidity levels and dew point temperatures are expected to increase in upcoming days.

By Tuesday, the chance of scattered, pop-up thundershowers will begin; however, the rain will not be widespread.

How hot will it get in your neighborhood? Check the latest forecast at WKRN.com/Weather.

Send your hot weather photos to pix@wkrn.com.

Burn Bans

Due to the heat and extremely dry conditions, many Mid-State cities including Clarksville, La Vergne and Murfreesboro, among others, have issued burn bans.  View the complete list.

Friday afternoon, the state issued mandatory bans for seven Tennessee counties including Cheatham, Dickson and Sumner counties.

In addition, some areas, including the Metro Parks Department, have asked people not grill out until the weather conditions improve.

"We're not in the situation Colorado is presently, but I don't think it would take much for something like that to happen," Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch said.

Gerry Gann of the Nashville Police Department added, "I know we're in a large metropolitan area, but if one spark catches, it can easily catch a house on fire, catch a barn on fire, or catch woods on fire."

Heath Concerns

The extreme heat can be very dangerous and potentially fatal.  Medical experts are warning those who plan to be outside to take precautions such as drinking fluids to stay hydrated and wearing light-colored, loose fitting clothing.

"If you are young, healthy and well hydrated you have a little bit more time," Dr. Madjimbaye Namde, attending emergency room physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told News 2, adding, "but, nobody is designed to stand up to 100 degree temperatures for any prolong period of time without taking some precautions."

The emergency room expects to treat people suffering from heat-related illnesses like dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Dr. Namde continued, "Soda and all those things will help you, but not as much as a good cold glass of water."

He said citizens should treat the signs of dehydration early before their condition progresses to a more serious illness.

"Light headedness and dizziness is evidence of dehydration," he said, adding, "You are dehydrated but it is showing up that way because it is affecting things like your heart or other organs," he said.

In downtown Nashville on Thursday, visitors were surprised by the extreme heat.

"It is actually really warm here, but we found a lot of solace in stores with air conditioning," said Siobhan Santini while visiting Music City from Connecticut with her daughter.

"I don't think it stops the vacation," she added.  "It is hot in the Northeast."

Lindsay Langston moved to Nashville four years ago from Mississippi.  he is used to hot summers, but even the heat on Thursday took her breath away.

"I don't even remember it being this bad in Mississippi to be honest with you," she said.  "I am in sales so I am in and out of my car and I have a huge jug of water."

Paul Lamke from Wisconsin had another way of beating the heat while enjoying Music City.

"There are a lot of good pubs around so there's a lot of air conditioning and beers to be had," he laughed.

Animal control officers also remind pet owners to keep their pets cool and hydrated, especially during the peak hours of the day.

Cooling Stations

Metro's Office of Emergency Management has opened several cooling stations to help the public beat the extreme heat.

Cooling stations are located at Metro's 23 community centers, the Centennial Sportsplex and all golf course club houses during normal business hours.

The Nashville Rescue Mission and Nashville Farmers Market are also available to anyone who needs to get out of the heat.

Visit Nashville.gov for complete information.

The Salvation Army also opened a water station Thursday under the Jefferson Street Bridge and is hosting a bottled water drive on Friday.

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