MEMPHIS, TN - A heat advisory remains in effect today for most of the Southeast.
A heat wave that began in Tennessee over the weekend intensified yesterday, with temperatures climbing to nearly 100 degrees or higher in the western half of the state. In northeast Arkansas, the high temperature in Jonesboro was 97 degrees.
The weather service is calling for it to be even hotter today, with a high of at least 102 in Memphis and Nashville. The heat index may push 110 in the western half of the state, and temperatures should peak in the mid-90s again in the eastern part of the state, including Knoxville.
State health authorities recommend postponing outdoor activities until the evening, drinking water, even if not thirsty, and checking on elderly and sick friends and relatives. They also say people should not leave pets or children in cars for any length of time because cars become hot quickly.