It will be a hot start to the week as temperatures warm to near the century mark. High pressure will keep temperatures hot and combined with the humidity, heat index values will reach between 105 and 112 degrees. These weather dangerous weather conditions will persist through Tuesday evening and the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Rutherford County and much of Middle Tennessee. The first to suffer in these conditions are children, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. Heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke are possible in prolonged exposure to the heat. If you work outside, take extra precautions. Reschedule strenous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitted clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
Locally, the COOL AID PROGRAM gives fans and air conditioners to needy senior citizens and persons at risk of heat strokes. For help, contact Dwight Ogleton at 615-818-2459. To make a financial donation, write checks to COOL AID PROGRAM and take it by FirstBank on Memorial Boulevard.