Keep cool. For the first time this summer the greater Clarksville area could be sweltering in temperatures nearing one hundred degrees.
After enjoying below average temperatures in July and most of August, Mother Nature is throwing a last minute heat wave that will linger at least through the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for heat index values in the mid-90s to 100 through the Labor Day weekend.
High pressure will continue to dominate the mid-state region and dewpoints will hover in the high 60s. The intense heat will remain in place and affect areas west of the Cumberland Plateau until a cold front passes through Monday night. Areas along the Tennessee River will feel the highest heat indeces in the region.
Take appropriate precautions against the heat, stay hydrated (water is best), and do not leave children or pets unattended in cars, which can reach triple digit temperatures in just a few minutes.