As a record early summer heat wave grips much of the U.S., Northeast Tennessee residents are forced to cope with temperatures approaching and even exceeding 100 degrees this weekend.
Things got so hot on Friday that a spike in power usage shut down the electrical grid in the downtown Johnson City and other areas.
The National Weather Service warns that daytime high temperatures will approach or exceed 100 degrees through Monday and combine with a slight rise in humidity to cause the heat index, or what it actually feels like outside, to rise to as high as 105.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions that excessive heat poses a greater danger for people age 65 and older who do not adjust to sudden change in temperatures as well as younger people and are more prone to heat-related stress, exhaustion and stroke.
So, if you're heading out to the lake or taking in the annual Jonesborough Days festival, precautions are in order. The CDC advises you to:
— Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of cool, nonalcoholic beverages.
— Take cool showers, baths, or sponge baths.
— Dress in lightweight clothing.
— Avoid strenuous activities and remain indoors during the heat of the day.
— Seek the safety of an airconditioned environment.
— And If you don’t have air conditioning, consider a trip to air-conditioned shopping mall, public library or theater.
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