Code Orange for a few as the heat really builds

Meteorologist Ben Cathey thinks we could nearly double our amount of 90 degree days in the next week-and-a-half.
Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 5:16 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2021 at 10:02 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Stubborn clouds and a lingering tiny storm in northern Georgia kept us cooler and a little dreary.

We crank up the sunshine and heat starting Wednesday. That hot and - mostly - dry weather pattern locks in for the next week.


Onto Wednesday and hotter weather. It’s not a surprise, really, but the US EPA has a Code Orange up Wednesday for Northeast and Middle Tennessee. If you are sensitive to ozone or other air pollution, you may want to limit your time outside in the middle of the day. Plus, it’ll just be plain ‘ol hot! Temps should soar to 90 in the Valley, while others are in the middle 80s. Not record setting, but a lot hotter than is has been as of late. Almost all of the next eight days will top 90°.


Thursday is dry and largely sunny! We’re continuing to bump up temperatures into the coming week; expect the 90s, though we start the mornings closer to 70. The next ‘best’ chance of rain is still pretty iffy. That’s next Monday.

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