Scorching heat index expected through the weekend

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With heat indexes of 100-105 expected for this afternoon across portions of Tennessee west of the Cumberland Plateau, the National Weather Service has issued as Special Weather Statement for the following counties:

Stewart, Montgomery, Robertson, Sumner, Macon, Houston, Humphreys, Dickson, Cheatham, Davidson, Wilson, Trousdale, Smith, Perry, Hickman, Lewis, Williamson, Maury, Marshall, Rutherford, Cannon, Bedford, Coffee, Wayne, Lawrence, and Giles.

This includes the cities of Dover, Clarksville, Springfield, Hendersonville, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Lafayette, Erin, Waverly, New Johnsonville, McEwen, Dickson, Ashland City, Kingston Springs, Nashville, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, Hartsville, Carthage, South Carthage, Gordonsville, Linden, Lobelville, Centerville, Hohenwald, Franklin, Brentwood, Columbia, Lewisburg, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne, Woodbury, Shelbyville, Tullahoma, Manchester, Clifton, Waynesboro, Lawrenceburg, and Pulaski.

Heat index values for multiple locations west of the Cumberland  Plateau Region are already in the mid to upper 90s. As afternoon high temperatures rise into the low to mid 90s for locations west of the Cumberland Plateau Region, heat index values are expected to range between 100 to 105 degrees.

Please exercise caution while participating in outdoor activities this afternoon. Wear light clothing, drink plenty of water, and remember to check on the young, the elderly, the homeless, and outdoor pets/animals. Visit
the National Weather Service Heat Safety Tips and Resources Page  for more heat safety tips and resources.

 

This same area of Middle Tennessee can expect some strong to a few severe thunderstorms mainly this afternoon. The primary concern with any strong to severe thunderstorms that do develop will be strong to
damaging winds and isolated occurrences of large hail.

From the period Wednesday through Monday, maximum afternoon heat index values will range from 100 to 105 degrees Thursday afternoon through Monday afternoon.

Spotter activation maybe needed this afternoon and again on Wednesday.

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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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