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Strong storms Sunday, not as hot

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After an intense heat wave, temperatures won't be quite as hot Sunday with a high of 98 degrees.  However, humidity will increase significantly, make the temperate feel like 104.

The increase in moisture in combination with an approaching cold front will likely bring scattered strong storms Sunday, especially during the afternoon and night. 

Records broken Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Another record high temperature reached in Nashville Saturday, marking the eighth day of record-breaking, triple-digit heat over a 10 day period.  

The official temperature reached 104 degrees Saturday afternoon at Nashville International Airport, breaking the previous record of 102 degrees set in 1954. 

The extreme heat Friday broke Nashville's record high temperature that had stood for 138 years.

Friday's official temperature at Nashville International Airport was 105 degrees, which shattered the previous record of 100 degrees set in 1874.

The previous July 6 record was the third-oldest remaining record high in Nashville's history since the city began keeping weather data in 1871.

Nashville set a record high temperature for July 5 at 104 degrees Thursday, and the heat index reached 105 degrees or higher in many places.

Continued hot weather and increasing relative humidity will make air temperatures in the low 100s feel like 105 degrees or more on exposed skin.

By early next week, high temperatures are expected to fall into the 80s and 90s statewide as a front approaches. Rain chances will also increase to 50 percent on Monday and Tuesday.

Damaging storms Thursday

Parts of Middle Tennessee saw damaging storms Thursday after another record-setting day for high temperatures.

Officials at Austin Peay State University said the campus lost electricity for several hours and has damage to multiple buildings, including broken windows and roof damage at the performing arts center and roof damage at the science building.

Power was restored to campus later Thursday evening, and all classes and camps are expected to continue as scheduled.

Also, Clarksville's Madison Street took a hit from storms for the second day in a row. Just as neighbors there had storm debris from Wednesday cleaned up, they saw round two Thursday as trees were snapped, power lines knocked down and signs mangled.

In Lawrence County, a restaurant in Ethridge lost part of its roof and front porch from strong winds. The storm caused part of the roof to collapse, but there were no injuries.

Possible Heat-Related Death

Extreme heat is likely to blame for a Nashville man's death on July 1.

Kenneth Carpenter, 57, was found dead Sunday inside a storage unit he rented at CubeSmart, in the 1000 block of Murfreesboro Pike.

Police said the man was homeless, and his friends found him inside the unit with the door open.

Carpenter's body temperature when he was found was 104 degrees, and the medical examiner's office believes the record heat was to blame in his death.

Nashville broke records for heat over four straight days, including the city's all-time hottest day Friday at 109 degrees and a tie for its second all-time hottest day Saturday at 107 degrees.

Investigators are also awaiting results of toxicology tests in Carpenter's death.

Copyright WSMV 2012 (Meredith Corporation). The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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