Temperatures are expected to reach triple digits today, making dry conditions in Middle Tennessee even worse. The state’s Department of Agriculture is urging people to avoid burning debris and leave Fourth of July fireworks to the professionals.
Clarksville has issued a ban on amateur fireworks. Murfreesboro, Brentwood, Spring Hill, and Columbia have moved to completely ban any fires until conditions improve.
With the heat also comes concern about the safety of people who don’t live or work in air conditioned spaces.
A number of cooling centers are open in Nashville. These include the Farmers’ Market, all neighborhood community centers, the clubhouses of city-run golf courses, and the Sportsplex.
The Salvation Army has opened its building in Murfreesboro.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, in effect until Sunday. Forecasters say relief could come early next week, as moist and cooler air moves into the state.
WPLN’s Nina Cardona contributed to this report.
MORE: Heat safety tips from the National Weather Service.