National Weather Service and Shelby County Office of Preparedness Urge Caution
Forecasters with the National Weather Service say dangerously high temperatures will develop in the Shelby County area and continue through the weekend. Meteorologists and staff at the Shelby County Office of Preparedness are in constant contact during this latest round of hot weather.
“We appreciate the partnership we have with the National Weather Service and their efforts to help keep the public informed. With high temperatures continuing, our staff will be in close touch with law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency services agencies,” said Dale Lane, Director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness.
Air conditioners should be checked for efficiency. Those without air conditioning should visit shopping centers and other public buildings to stay cool.
“After the morning storms move out, the heat will move in. The afternoon heat index could approach 110 this weekend, especially on Sunday. Stay inside in a cool place if you can. If you have to be outside, take frequent breaks to cool down and drink plenty of water,” said Gary Woodall, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Community service volunteers with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will increase their checks on the elderly, disabled and others who live alone. Special care should also be given to pets.
“The Shelby County Office of Preparedness and the Shelby County Health Department are closely monitoring the weather conditions. We will continue to keep the public updated about the dangerously high temperatures,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. For additional information, call the Shelby County Office of Preparedness at (901) 222-6700.