Bonnaroo… CMA Fest …Boro Art Crawl.. Hottest temps of the year: It must be June in Tennessee. The National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert and warned of high temps beginning today through at least Monday. Add to that the infamous Tennessee humidity and heat indexes could reach close to 100 this weekend.
High Temps, High Humidity = High Heat Indexes
The National Weather Service predicts highs in the mid to upper 90s from Saturday through Tuesday. Add to this increasing humidity and heat indexes , or “feels like” temps will probably make or break the 100 degree mark. While a Heat Advisory, a heat index of 105 or more, has not been issued at this time, the possibility is there.
Air Quality Alert
The National Weather Service also issued an Orange Level alert for air quality until midnight tonight. An Orange level is defined as “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” AQI is 101 to 150. Although general public is not likely to be affected at this AQI range, people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air. Expect this to continue or to be upgraded throughout Monday.
Drought Conditions Getting Worse
Smyrna issued a Drought Alert, Thursday, as a lack of precipitation in many areas is starting to put a strain on local utilities. At the time there are no water restrictions.
A relief may be in site by mid-week as long term forecast has a better than 50% chance of precipitation beginning on Wednesday.
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