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Record breaking heat possible today

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - We saw record breaking heat Tuesday with a high of 100 degrees, topping the old record of 99. 

Fortunately, humidity levels were a little bit lower than they have been, and that made it a little more tolerable, as will be the case today. 

We will again reach 100 today which would tie the old record.  The heat index will be near 105.

While it may not be as hot for the rest of the week, the humidity levels will climb with a vengeance.  That basically means that although we will have highs in the upper 90s Thursday and Friday, the heat index will be close to 110. 

These are very dangerous heat and humidity levels for athletes or those working outside for extended periods. 

Here is how our temperatures stack up for the rest of the week.  The 30-year average high for all 3 days is 90 degrees.

Today…100 (record 100)
Thursday…98 (record 105)
Friday…97 (record 100)


Please stay safe! Here are some tips:

- Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
- When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
- Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
- Check up on relatives and neighbors.
- Absolutely do not leave children or pets unattended in vehicles! 
- To reduce risk during outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.
- Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
- Heat stroke is an emergency...CALL 911.

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