Middle Tennessee just had its ninth consecutive month of above-average rainfall which is a rare occurrence. We are now more than a foot above normal on rainfall for the year.

Rainfall for June ended at 7.5 inches in Mt. Juliet and Lebanon.

Showers and storms will be with us just about every day this week also with rain likely through Thursday and a 50 percent chance of rain Friday and Saturday. I expect several days this week with heavy downpours in the afternoon because of the tropical moisture coming into Tennessee.

Outside of the thunderstorms it will be hot and humid with highs in the mid-80s.

There have been more reports recently of heat-related deaths in automobiles with the windows rolled up. There have been six deaths in the nation this summer.

In some of those cases, kids or pets climbed into the back seat without the parents knowing they were there. With an outside temperature of only 80 degrees the temperature inside a vehicle with the windows up reaches 109 degrees in only 20 minutes and 123 degrees in an hour.

Heat-related deaths are preventable. On hot days be sure to limit outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day, drink plenty of water and wear light colored clothing as it reflects the sunlight from your body.

Steve Norris provides information to Emergency Management Agencies in many counties in Tennessee. Contact him at with questions, to provide a weather update for your area or to suggest topics for his column.

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