I expect us to settle into a typical summertime weather pattern through the middle of July with highs in the 90s and high humidity. There will be scattered thunderstorm chances each day.

About the only thing that could change would be the tropical system out of the Gulf of Mexico, which is always possible, but it is going to be hard for cold fronts to reach Tennessee this time of year.

Sadly, there have been more reports recently in the news of heat-related deaths in automobiles with the windows rolled up. There were four deaths across the nation this summer, so look before you lock.

In some cases, children or pets climbed into the back seat without their parents knowing they were there. With an outside temperature of 80 degrees, the temperature inside a vehicle with the windows up reaches 109 degrees in 20 minutes and 123 degrees in an hour.

On a 90-degree day, the temperature in a closed car can hit 120 degrees in a half hour. On hot days, be sure to limit outdoor activities in the hottest part of the day, drink plenty of water and wear light-colored clothing as it reflects the sunlight from your body.

You know, we are living in a time of weather extremes. Recently, the record for the largest hailstone to fall in Texas was broken when a stone that weighed 1.25 pounds fell near Hondo. Last week, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada was broken when it hit 121 degrees. It was also the hottest ever in Oregon and Washington with temperatures at 118 degrees.

If you have questions or need data, drop me an email.

Steve Norris is a weather guru. Send him an email anytime with questions or comments to weather1@charter.net.

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