NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville set an all-time record with a high temperature Friday of 109, breaking the old record by 2 degrees.
Sam Herron of the National Weather Service said the mark reached at 3:14 p.m. shattered the previous standard of 107 on July 27-28, 1952. It was the hottest temperature in Nashville in 141 years of record keeping.
Highs elsewhere in Tennessee Friday also set or tied records. The 106 in Chattanooga tied the all-time record for the city set back on July 28, 1952. Knoxville set a record for the date with 102, breaking the old standard of 101 in 1936. In the Tri-Cities, the high hit 102, tying the all-time record set on July 29, 1952.
Friday's high of 103 in Memphis broke the record for the date, eclipsing the 101 set in 1988.
More record-breaking daily temperatures are expected across Tennessee through the weekend and into Independence Day as torrid heat maintains its grip on the state.
It also is extremely dry across the state. The Tennessee State Parks on Friday issued a temporary ban on backcountry campfires in all state parks. It joined several other burning bans in various parts of the state.
In Nashville, one bright factor was the humidity: a bearable level around 20 percent.
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