Heat Index Expected To Reach Dangerous Levels

Posted at 6:14 AM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 08:56:16-04

City officials have begun passing out bottles of water in the community as heat index values could reach dangerous levels.

Metro Nashville Police officers, along with Emergency Support Unit, started handing out water bottles to the homeless, as well as other individuals. 

Friday was projected to be the hottest day of the year, as heat index values could reach 106 degrees - which is how hot it feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.

The water bottle teams would be out today and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Nashville area.

Anyone who doesn’t have access to an air conditioner should spend some time in a public place that does. 

Officials said they’re concerned that the heat could be life-threatening for people with respiratory issues or other health problems. 

It's also a good reminder to check on elderly neighbors or family members. Call 911 if someone is experiencing heat stroke, breathing problems or exhaustion. 

If you would like to help with water bottle handouts, donations can be made at the Nashville Rescue Mission, Room in The Inn, and the Metro Homelessness Commission.