Star Staff Reports
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Shelby County through tonight. Forecasters predict extremely high temperatures for the Shelby County area for the next several days. Temperatures will be in the upper-90s with heat indexes above 100 degrees.
“The Shelby County Office of Preparedness and the Shelby County Health Department will be monitoring the weather conditions. We’ll continue to keep the public updated about the dangerously high temperatures,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr.
Air conditioners should be checked for efficiency. Those without air conditioning should visit shopping centers and other public buildings to stay cool.
“This is a dangerous condition, especially for people who may not have access to air conditioning. It’s important to check on the elderly and others who live alone. Extra care should also be given to pets to make sure they stay cool and have plenty of water,” said Dale Lane, Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness.
The high temperatures will increase the chances of heat stroke and other illnesses. People should wear light clothing, limit outdoor activities and drink plenty of water during the heat wave.
For additional information, call the Shelby County Office of Preparedness at (901) 222-6700.