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Mon July 2, 2012
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Summer Forecast: High Temps, Below Average Rainfall

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  The National Weather Service says the heat wave Middle Tennessee is enduring has broken high temperature records dating back to the 1870s.

The Weather Service office in Nashville says a temperature of 109 degrees was recorded at the airport on Friday afternoon, a new all-time record. Murfreesboro also set a new record, hitting an all-time high of 108 degrees.

Lead forecaster Sam Shamburger says we’re going to see some change in the weather this week.

“The really strong high pressure ridge that brought us the record heat over the weekend is breaking down and we’re starting to see more moisture moving across Middle Tennessee. We’ve actually got some widely scattered showers and thunderstorms out there in parts of Middle Tennessee this morning. So we’re expecting better rain chances this week, which will lead to somewhat cooler temperatures in the upper 90s to around 100.”

Shamburger says the outlook going forward is for continued above average temperatures and below average rainfall.