Natalie Neysa Alund Nashville Tennessean
Published 2:26 PM EDT Jul 17, 2019
NASHVILLE — Get ready for record hot temperatures, Nashville.
The National Weather Service is calling for a scorching heat wave to consume nearly two-thirds of the country mid to late week and into the weekend.
Caroline MacDonald, a meteorologist with the NWS in Nashville, said temperatures in the mid 90s are expected to start Thursday.
“We’re expecting our heat index numbers to get into the 100s for what it will feel like outside, especially on Friday or Saturday,” MacDonald said.
A total of 20 to 30 record highs are expected from the south central Rockies to the East Coast, she said.
“It has to do with the overall weather pattern we are experiencing,” MacDonald said. “As we move into the weekend there will be high pressures moving into our area… to help our temperatures and due-point temperatures to go up.
On Wednesday, expect isolated thunderstorms and showers during the afternoon hours and a high of 89.
Post-Tropical Cyclone Barry is expected to move eastward through the Ohio Valley today and along the Pennsylvania/New York border Thursday night. As tropical moisture flows in and a front moves slowly southward into the Lower Great Lakes region and Northeast, heavy rain remains possible along its track.
A 30 percent chance of rain and highs around 93 are expected Thursday and Friday along the Cumberland Plateau.
Rain is expected to stick around on the weekend as well, forecasters said.
A 50 percent chance of showers are likely Saturday, followed by a 40 percent chance on Sunday.
The NWS is reminding people it’s never safe to leave a toddler, disabled person or pet locked in a car. If you have a toddler in your household, lock your cars, even in your own driveway as children play in cars and can get locked in.
So far this year, nine toddlers have died in hot cars, the NWS reported.
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