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Record temps hit area
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

High temperatures and drought conditions created possible hazardous conditions over the weekend. 

An all-time high temperature record was set on Friday in Nashville, as the city reached 109 degrees. The temperature has reached triple digits Thursday through Sunday, and Nashville narrowly missed Monday at 99. The high Tuesday was in the high 90s.  

In response, the City of Mt. Juliet took steps to keep people cool. The Mt. Juliet Community Center, the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center and the First Baptist of Mt. Juliet opened their doors to anyone that didn’t have a way out of the heat. 

The Mt. Juliet Police Department encouraged people to check on their relatives and friends who are sick or elderly to make sure they were able to cope with the high temperatures. High Temperatures and humidity can lead to major health problems, particularly for the elderly and young children. A person may suffer a range of heat-related illnesses from heat rash to heatstroke, which can be fatal. It is very important for the body to cool properly and cool enough. Mt. Juliet residents are urged to watch for signs of heat-related illnesses. Symptoms of heat-related illness include headaches, skin that is hot to the touch, increased body temperature, loss of consciousness, seizures, and irregular heartbeats.

“Triple digit temperatures like those we are expecting in the upcoming days can be extremely dangerous, especially for elderly residents and children,” Mt. Juliet Police Department Chief Andy Garrett said Thursday. “I would like everyone to take steps to stay safe and cool. If you have children or elderly neighbors, please check on them regularly to make sure they are safe.”

In response to the drought conditions, Wilson County declared a burn ban on all outside burning. The ban applied to all open-air burning including leaf and woody debris and construction burning, campfires, outdoor grills and other fire activity outside of municipalities where local ordinances apply. Mt. Juliet received light rain fall Monday, and storms rolled through Lebanon. 

The City of Mt. Juliet did not ban the use of fireworks, but sent out a notice that they were strongly against it Tuesday. 

The statement read “If you choose to assume the risk of shooting fireworks, we would encourage you to please use only ground-based fireworks and have plenty of water and/or fire extinguishers available and nearby to extinguish any fires. Please be aware that if an ember from a firework that you shoot starts a fire, you could be liable for damages.”

July 5 was the last day that you could legally shoot fireworks within city limits. 

The weather forecast calls for slightly cooler temperatures than it has been the next few days, with highs in the mid to upper 90s. There are chances of precipitation as well. 

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