KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A heat advisory is in effect this week for some parts of the greater SE Kentucky and East Tennessee region as temperature highs are accompanied by humidity. The WATE 6 Storm Team indicates people may see near-record heat in the afternoon after Wednesday saw a new record.
According to the WATE 6 Storm Team, the heat and humidity are still on for Thursday, with more of the same hot and humid afternoon with scattered thunderstorms (20%) possible. High: 96° (Record: 98°/1936) Heat Index 100°-109°.
The heat advisory continues for most of East Tennessee through this evening with it continuing for Southeast Kentucky as well. Highs today will reach the middle 90s with a mix of sunshine and clouds. A stray afternoon shower or thunderstorm will be possible.
Though today’s heat may likely fall short of the record high of 98 set in 1936, we will be Weather AWARE through Thursday evening due to the high heat and humidity.
By Friday, a cold front will approach our area and bring a better chance for scattered showers and storms later in the day into the evening.
Tuesday and Wednesday were very hot with highs in the middle 90s on both days, which tied or broke previous records.
The all-time high-temperature record in Knoxville for June 14 is 96° set in 1943. Wednesday’s record is 95°, also set in 1943. The Heat Index Values was between 100°-105°, a Heat Advisory was issued for Southeast Kentucky and parts of East Tennessee for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Area agencies and local power companies are already meeting energy demand amid the near-record heat. On Monday, the demand for power from Tennessee Valley Authority and their local power companies broke a nearly-decade old record. TVA had asked that customers conserve their power usage amid the high heat.
A medical officer with the Tennessee Department of Health said on Monday that scheduling activities in order to avoid the heat and possible risk for heat stroke or heat exhaustion could be helpful.
Warning signs for heat exhaustion include feeling weak, turning red/clammy, and feeling light-headed. To treat these symptoms of possible heat exhaustion, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says to drink a cool beverage, rest, take a cool bath or move into an air-conditioned room.
Warning signs for heat stroke include not sweating, losing consciousness, very high body temperature, and confusion. To treat these symptoms of possible heat stroke, the CDC says to take a cool (not cold) bath or shower, sponge with cool water and/or spray with a garden hose, or use a fan. The CDC also says to continue cooling the person until help arrives or their temperature falls below 102°F.