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For the past week Cumberland County has experienced plenty of heat, humidity and scattered thunderstorms — and there does not appear to be any major changes in store for a while. 

Afternoon highs will generally range from 85-90 degrees with low temperatures in the mid- to upper 60s. Those afternoon thunderstorms can pop up anywhere, anytime with downpours and cloud-to-ground lightning, while just a few miles away hardly any rain falls.

More than a half-inch of rain fell at the Crossville Airport July 5, but no measurable rain fell in downtown Crossville.

Most of the meteorological indicators are pointing toward a hot summer all the way through September. Within several weeks we will likely see the hurricane season begin to pick up.

Sadly, there have been more reports recently in the news of heat-related deaths in automobiles with the windows rolled up. On an 80-degree day, 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; look before you lock for the safety of children and pets. 

Now that we are into our hottest month of the year, be sure to limit outdoor activities in the hottest part of the day, drink plenty of water and wear light-colored clothing as it reflects the sunlight from your body. 

Sunrise is now 5:30 a.m. and sunset 8 p.m. In the evening sky, we have the moon to the southwest and it is waxing and on its way to being full on July 16. The planet Jupiter is in the south southeast sky. 

Have a weather question or need some weather data? Drop me an email at weather1@charter.net.