NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Clouds and a persistent flow of gulf moisture are holding down temperatures and bringing rain, sometimes heavy, to Tennessee.
The coolest spot among the major cities on the Fourth of July was Nashville, where the high temperature was only 71 degrees. That was 18 degrees below normal and 32 degrees cooler than last year, when the capital city set a daily heat record of 103 degrees.
Chattanooga's high was only 77, which is 13 degrees below normal. Knoxville came in 10 degrees cooler than usual for Independence Day at 78 degrees.
Memphis hit 88 degrees and was 3 degrees cooler than usual for the date while the Tri-Cities reached 84 degrees, 2 degrees lower than normal.
Rain is expected through the weekend across the eastern two-thirds of the state.