Early June blazing in much of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Summer is two weeks away, but hot weather in central and eastern Tennessee has broken and tied records since June 1.

National Weather Service forecaster Bobby Boyd in Nashville said Monday temperatures in the 90s put the average high temperature in the capital city 8 degrees above normal during the first week of June.

The Tri-Cities broke record the high of 95 degrees on June 6 by 1 degree and tied a 93-degree record on June 4.

Oak Ridge set new highs of 94 on consecutive days last week.

West Tennessee largely escaped the unusual heat, but forecaster Marlene Mickelson in Memphis said the past few nights were warmer than usual, with the wind staying up and bringing in warm air.

The summer solstice arrives at 6:59 p.m. June 20.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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