A special weather statement predicts that high temperature records across the region will be broken today and that the heat index will be above 100 degrees across much of the region this afternoon.
The record hot weather is being caused by a ridge of high pressure which remains in place across the Gulf Coast states and Southern Appalachians.
Since Aug. 15th record temperatures have been set several times in the Tri-Cities.
The high in the Tri-Cities today is predicted at 94, which would match the record set back in 1968.
Resident are advised to avoid prolonged work in the sun or poorly ventilated areas.
Drinking plenty of water and non-alcoholic beverages is also a good idea in weather like this.
On a related note, the yearly rainfall levels across both the Tri-Cities and Knoxville region are 13-inches below normal for this time of the year.
The high pressure ridge that is locking in the hot weather should be in place through the middle of next week.