Sweltering temperatures continue across Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Despite a brief weekend dip, scorching temperatures continued across the state to start the third week of a heat wave that has played a role in at least 13 deaths in Tennessee.

The high in Memphis yesterday was 95 degrees, for the first time in 10 days it had dropped below 100.

But the continuing heat wave put temperatures at the mid- to high-90s across the state today.

The National Weather Service said a return to 100 or higher was likely before the weekend in West and Middle Tennessee.

Heat has contributed to the deaths of 13 people in Tennessee, including 12 in Shelby County.

The latest deaths were reported in Shelby County when a 60-year-old man was found dead in his Memphis residence on Friday and a 74-year-old man died Saturday while working in his garden at Germantown.

Public schools in Nashville closed early today because of the heat, which was expected to hit 101 degrees by Wednesday.

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