Heat wave to smother entire region
Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 9:09 pm
By: Emily Williams, Messenger Intern
By EMILY WILLIAMS
A potentially deadly heat wave will reach its peak intensity today through Thursday as the hottest air of the summer will spread into the area. The high temperatures — in combination with high humidity — will cause heat index ratings to peak at levels between 113 to 120 degrees across the Mid-South, according to the National Weather Service.
Much of Tennessee, including Obion County, will be under an excessive heat warning until 9 p.m. Wednesday. This warning indicates the prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will create a situation in which heat illnesses are likely, the weather service said.
Children, the elderly and people with chronic ailments are susceptible to heat exhaustion, cramps or heat stroke.
Area residents need to make wise decisions to protect themselves and their children from heat-related illnesses, especially as the school year begins in some counties across the state. “It’s important for parents and caregivers to make sure children are properly hydrated,” said Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “With morning temperatures above 80 degrees, kids waiting on the bus stop should have water available just like those who are participating in outdoor activities in the afternoon. Consider providing your child a water bottle to have on hand throughout the day.”
Editor’s Note: Emily Williams, the daughter of Roger and Juli Williams, is a senior at Rhodes College in Memphis. She is interning at The Messenger this summer.
Published in The Messenger 8.3.10