Get ready for summer heat.
The National Weather Service forecast indicates the onset of summer heat that will build up across Middle Tennessee next week, bringing the heat index up to 103 degrees.
Hot weather safety will become increasingly important as this heat sets in.
The weekend temperatures will be seasonably warm and humid through the weekend but thunderstorms and clouds will help keep high temperatures at bay; the highs will remain in the 80s.
By next Tuesday, the forecast shifts to fewer storms but more heat. Temperatures will push into the low and middle 90s with afternoon heat index values between 100-103 across much of the midstate region.
As summer rolls in, it is important to keep hot weather safety rules in hand.
- Never leave a person or an animal in a closed car for even a few minutes. Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in a very brief time.
- Check on the elderly to make sure they are coping with the heat.
- If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning during the hottest part of the day.
- If you have to out in the hottest part of the day, take frequent breaks and drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated fluids (water is best). Reschedule activities to a cooler part of the day.
- Wear light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
- Take extra precautions with certain medications. Be on the lookout for heat-related problems if you take medications that can affect your body’s ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat.
- Listen to your body and be aware of of the signs for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.