Thursday, August 4, 2011

Heat wave breaks Clarksville record set in 1953 Wednesday's high hits 102, with index reaching up to 115 - 4th Aug 2011

Front doors were like oven doors across Clarksville Wednesday as record heat and relentless humidity baked the city all afternoon.

The city reached 102 degrees Wednesday, breaking a 100-degree record set the same day in 1953.

The temperature stayed at or just above 102 from 3 to 5 p.m., according to National Weather Service data, and stayed above 95 from noon to 8 p.m.

That caused a heat index of between 110 and 115 degrees.

Memphis had it worse. That city reached a high of 106, breaking a record for the date set one year ago at 103. Jackson reached a high of 103, breaking the record for the day of 102 in 1987.

Across the state, Nashville and Chattanooga both hit 101 degrees Wednesday.

Cooler weather, at least by comparison, is expected in Clarksville today. The high should be 93 degrees with a 50 percent chance of rain. Friday's high is 97, then mid-90s for Saturday and Sunday. Read More