Unseasonable heat to drop off for the weekend

Published 8:21 am Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Star Photo/Curtis Carden  Residents look to be the heat by taking a dip at Franklin Pool on Tuesday.

Star Photo/Curtis Carden
Residents look to be the heat by taking a dip at Franklin Pool on Tuesday.

The vast amount of dry heat and weather will soon be away from the area.
With temperatures hitting 92 in Carter County Tuesday, the weather has left Carter Countians high and dry, according to Derek Eisentrout with the National Weather Service of Morristown.
“This past week we’ve seen a considerable increase in dry weather,” Eisentrout said. “The high for today is at 92 degrees and we’re looking at 85 degrees on Wednesday and 89 on Thursday.”
Eisentrout added that while the work week will see its fair share of heat, individuals can expect a break starting Thursday evening.
“We have a high pressure system coming in,” he said. “That brings along moisture and instability. We’re expecting that to come in Thursday evening and while it will be hot, we’re looking at it to be 80 degrees by the weekend.”
The forecast for the upcoming 70th annual Rhododendron Festival is looking to be possible for attendees, according to NWS-Morristown, with rain looking to be out of the forecast by then.
Even with a bright horizon in store for citizens, the NWS offered various health tips to help individuals battle the heat for the next couple of days.
According to NWS, one of the biggest weather related risk during the summer months is the possibility of a child dying in a vehicle from heat stroke.
Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to 20 degree in as little as 10 minutes, according to NWS, and 50 degrees within an hour, even when outside temperature feels much cooler in the 70-80 degree plateau.
The temperature inside a vehicle can reach 120 degrees in minutes and approach 150 in an hour, causing heat stroke in only minutes, especially with children.
In numbers provided by NWS, 38 children die each year from heat-related illnesses after being trapped inside motor vehicles. Nationally, over half of deaths were children that were forgotten by a parent or caregiver while 18 percent pass away when parents knowingly left their children inside a vehicle. The other percentage was children that died playing in an unattended vehicle.
Due to the overwhelming numbers, NWS has begun the slogan of “Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat” to remind individuals to remember on checking for small children in a car seat and level children unattended, even for a few moments.
Another item for concern is the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke. According to the active.com website, heath exhaustion occurs when a person has not properly hydrated while heath stroke causing an individual’s temperature to rise, without sweating, to 105 degrees with the risk of seizures.
Citizens are enjoy to stay hydrated while experiencing outdoors activities throughout the summer, according to Eisentrout.

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