July 17: A Front Brings Change

Change is coming. As a front moves through the mid state expect spotty showers and a few thunderstorms. It’s been a hot and steamy day with the afternoon high in Nashville reaching 94°. It’s felt more like the upper 90s with the dew point temperatures in the low 70s again.  Ugh, it’s like having a second layer of clothes on including a mask.
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Here’s the latest timing on the rain and thunderstorms moving out on Futurecast.
Drier air behind the cold front will drop humidity a little Wednesday and Thursday… sunshine both days, look for morning lows to be in the 60s and afternoon highs in the upper 80s to near 90.
A secondary front brings more rain and thunderstorms Friday and into the weekend. The best chance of rain this weekend will be Saturday. Saturday and Sunday highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.
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Many of the storms we have had this summer have been very electrical, producing a lot of lightning. Unfortunately there have already been 15 deaths caused by lightning across the country this year. That’s almost as many as happened all year last year.
Lightning Deaths
Three of those have been here in Tennessee. The latest was a 40 year old father from Somerville, near Memphis. He was struck while mowing his Mother’s yard. He was very close to a tree at the time.
Two weeks ago an East Tennessee man from Kingston was struck also while mowing his lawn. At the end of May, a 7 year old boy from McKenzie in West Tennessee was struck by lightning while playing under a tree.
With more thunderstorms in the forecast, it’s a good time to remind everyone that lightning is clearly an underrated killer. When lightning is in the area get inside a building or a car.  An easy rule to remember…”When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”. If you can hear thunder, it is close enough to strike.
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I’ll have an update on the weather on News4 at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 6:30pm as well as 10pm. I hope you’ll join me.
Lisa Spencer

About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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