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Summer Arrives With Hot Weather Right On Time

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The summer solstice occurred while many Tennesseans slept, meaning the astronomical summer season has begun.

Summer arrived at 12:04 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday and summertime weather is right on time.

The Shelby County Health Department put out a caution on Friday, reminding residents that summer requires special precautions. In the last dozen years, more than 60 deaths in the county have been attributed to heat.

Doctor Helen Morrow of the health department said many heat deaths and illnesses are preventable.

Staying cool, drinking plenty of water and being aware of how hot it is are important.

The National Weather Service office in Memphis said heat indexes in the mid-90s are anticipated into next week.

High temperatures in the upper 80s to low 90s will be common statewide.

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