NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennesseans are bracing for a steamy and continued dry weekend, with Friday predicted to be even hotter than record temperatures Thursday.
Readings soared into the triple digits Thursday, setting or tying records for the date in Nashville, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities.
Nashville peaked at 105 degrees, breaking a daily record set in 1952 and coming within a degree of the all-time high of 106 set on June 30 of 1952.
The high of 100 in Knoxville tied the record for June 28 and a reading of 97 in the Tri-Cities broke the record of 96 -- both from 1952.
The National Weather Service said other official highs were 102 in Chattanooga and 101 in Memphis -- just short of records.
Similarly hot weather is forecast for Friday.