A heat wave gripping the Tennessee Valley is expected to intensify by Wednesday, with temperatures staying in the mid-90s and the heat index approaching 110 degrees in some places.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook today for East Tennessee, southwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia.
This afternoon’s high will reach the low to mid-90s. Combined with humidity, the heat index will range from 95 to 105.
The forecast for Wednesday through Monday calls for much the same, but a brutal heat index of 110 degrees is expected in some spots Thursday and Friday across portions of the central and southern valleys of Tennessee.
This assault is the result of a large area of high pressure over the Tennessee Valley. Forecasters say it will strengthen through the week, with heat and humidity building.
The NWS says the conditions are “potentially deadly” and appropriate action should be taken.