Heat advisory in effect through Friday in Middle TN
Here are ways to stay safe during a heat wave
As the temperatures begin to warm up, be sure to stay safe.
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A heat advisory is in place through Friday for much of central Tennessee, with heat index values up to 110 degrees expected, the National Weather Service said.
The heat advisory was issued as July 4 festivities began in Nashville on Monday afternoon.
“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, avoid the sun, and watch relatives and neighbors,” NWS said. “Young children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.”
Daily highs are expected to be in the mid to high 90s throughout the week. If you work or plan to spend time outdoors, take extra precautions. If possible, limit strenuous activities to the early evening.
The counties included in the heat advisory are: Bedford; Cannon; Cheatham; Coffee; Davidson; From Kalb; Dickson; Gilles; Hickman; Houston; Humphreys; Lawrence; Lewis; Builder ; marshal; Maury; Montgomery; Pear; Robertson; Rutherford; Black-smith; Stewart; sum; Troudale; Wayne; Williamson; and Wilson.
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Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke
The Nashville Emergency Management Office has warned residents to be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Heat exhaustion symptoms include:
- The thirst
- Profuse sweating
If you or someone you know is showing signs of heat exhaustion, act quickly and move to a cooler location, loosen your clothing, sip cool water, and seek medical attention if symptoms do not are not improving.
Keep in mind that heat exhaustion can also lead to heat stroke.
Heatstroke symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness
If you or someone you know has signs of heat stroke, call 911 immediately, move to a cooler area, loosen clothing and remove extra layers, and cool yourself with water or ice until help arrives.
Tips for keeping pets, children and the elderly safe in the heat
OEM has also provided some advice on what to do for children, the elderly and pets, which are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of heat.
- Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute or if the car is running
- Keep your car locked when you’re not in it, so kids can’t get in
- Create reminders by placing something in the back seat next to your child, such as a briefcase, purse, cell phone, or your left shoe
- If you see a child alone in a car, call 911
- Set a calendar reminder on your electronic device to make sure you drop your child off at daycare; make a plan to be alerted if your child is late or does not show up
People aged 65 or older don’t adapt as well as younger people to sudden changes in temperature, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Older people should stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If your home is not air-conditioned, contact your local health department or find an air-conditioned shelter in your area, such as city community centers, libraries, and other public buildings.
- Don’t rely on a fan as your primary cooling source when it’s extremely hot outside
- Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink
- If your doctor limits the amount of fluids you drink or gives you diuretics, ask them how much you should drink in hot weather.
- Do not use the stove or oven for cooking – it will make you and your home hotter
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
- Take cool showers or baths to refresh yourself
- Do not engage in very strenuous activities and get enough rest
- Go see a friend or neighbor and ask someone to do the same for you
You should also pay extra attention to your pets during the hot and humid days ahead. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, you should know:
- Pets can become dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of cool, clean water when it’s hot or humid outside.
- Make sure your pets have a shady spot to protect themselves from the sun, be careful not to over exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot
- Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart rate and breathing, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapsing. Symptoms may also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomiting, and a high body temperature of over 104 degrees.
- Flat-faced animals, such as pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heatstroke because they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, as well as the elderly, overweight people, and those with heart or lung disease, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms whenever possible.
- Never leave your pets alone in a parked vehicle
- When the temperature is very high, do not let your dog linger on the hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your dog’s body can heat up quickly and sensitive pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
Nashville Weather Radar
Forecast for Nashville
Monday (Independence Day): 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 5 p.m. Partially sunny. Heat Index values as high as 105. High: 95; Stockings 77
Tuesday: Chance of showers 20-30%, with thunderstorms also possible after 1 p.m. Otherwise, rather sunny. Heat Index values as high as 106. High: 96; Stockings 78
Wednesday: 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9 am and 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 am. Generally sunny and warm. High: 99; Low: 77