MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis-area officials are urging residents who are sick, elderly or don't have an air conditioner to take special precautions as temperatures approach 100 degrees and the risk of heat-related deaths rises.
The National Weather Service says temperatures will climb into the high-90s and even the 100 degree mark or above by the middle and end of the week in much of Tennessee as a blanket of hot air covers the state. Forecasters say in an advisory that it will feel like a "pressure cooker" in Middle Tennessee by Friday.
In Shelby County, officials are telling people to check on elderly relatives and neighbors who live alone to make sure they are safe from the heat. In the past two years, 29 people have died from heat-related causes in Shelby County.