In a special weather statement, the National Weather Service has forecast heat index values of 100-105 to extend through the weekend and into next week.
A strong upper level ridge will sit in place over middle Tennessee which will bring temperature to the upper 90s across the midstate during this time. However, factoring in the moisture content during the afternoon hours, the :feels like” temperature will be up to 105 degrees and could add an additional 15 degrees to the heat index in full sunshine.
The upper level high will graduyally shift a bit to the west by Monday, allowing for scattered showers and thunderstorms to develop across the midstate during the afternoon peak heating hours.Thunderstorms that do develop will be potentially strong with brief heavy rainfall and frequent cloud to ground lightning.
Multiple outdoor events are scheduled this weekend and early next week throughout the area. Organizers, participants, spectators and visitors should take proper safety precautions to protect themselves from the heat.
Slow down, wear light-colored clothing, and drink plenty of water. Eat smaller meals and eat more often. Use small battery-powered or electric fans to relieve heat. Check on the elderly, disabled and young children. Be wary of allowing children to play outside during heat. Do not leave small children or pets unattended inside a vehicle as vehicles warm up very quickly to dangerous and deadly levels.