Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Hot Weather Safety Will Be Important this July Fourth

The Fourth of July in Middle Tennessee is typically hot and humid


The climate record shows that the average high temperature in
Nashville on that day is 89 degrees. However it is not unusual for
the temperature to push well into the 90s and to even top 100
degrees. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Nashville on July
Fourth is 103, set in 2012. The very next year Nashville set its
record for the coolest July Fourth maximum temperature with a
high of 71. Approximately twenty-five percent of our climate
record includes a high of 93 degrees or higher on July Fourth.

The forecast high in Nashville for this July Fourth is 94 degrees,
which is five degrees above normal. The maximum afternoon heat index
values over much of Middle Tennessee on Wednesday are forecast to be
between 100 and 104 degrees. This means that hot weather safety will
be of paramount importance. You should take extra precautions if you
work or spend time outside during these hot summer days. When
possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible
and drink plenty of water. Take frequent rest breaks in shaded or
air conditioned environments. Doing these few things will help limit
the possibility of heat related illnesses.

You can be thankful we live in an age when staying healthy and
making adjustments to our lifestyle are relatively easy. This was
not the case at Valley Forge, back in the winter of 1777 and 1778,
when the ragtag revolutionary army, under General George
Washington, was poorly dressed for the weather they faced. It is
estimated that at least a third of the soldiers at that encampment
had no shoes, and wrapped their feet in rags as protection against
the harsh temperatures and the cold, muddy soil. Washington once
wrote, "You might have tracked the army...to Valley Forge by the
blood of their feet." In Valley Forge, they had no social media,
they had no TV or radio. Unlike those of us today, they had
little opportunity to take the precautions needed to protect their
health. No extra coats. No leisurely grilled dinner to be enjoyed
in a restful climate controlled environment. Many died, but many
also endured to pave the way to the Independence Day we celebrate
this week.



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