Nashville Fire Department offers safety tips for expected high temperatures Aug. 12-13

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With the heat index expected to surpass 100 degrees Monday and Tuesday, the Nashville Fire Department is offering safety tips to help residents stay cool.

While Nashville will see highs around 96 degrees on Monday and 97 degrees on Tuesday, the heat index is expected to be “near or over” 105 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS said a heat index in excess of 100 degrees can sometimes lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

The Nashville Fire Department urges residents, especially those who work or spend time outdoors, to stay hydrated, remain in air conditioning when possible and limit exposure to the sun.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, people aged 65 years or older should take extra precautions. The CDC recommends older adults keep in mind the following tips:

  • remain in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible;
  • do not rely on a fan as a main cooling source;
  • stay hydrated;
  • wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing;
  • do not engage in strenuous activities;
  • do not use a stove or oven to cook

With high temperatures expected in Nashville, the NWS said severe weather may occur. According to the NWS, scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible late Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening with damaging winds as the main threat.

Wednesday’s high temperature is currently forecasted at 90 degrees.

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