The first heat streak of 2019's about to come to an end.  As that happens, the prolonged severe weather outbreak in the nation's heartland will also wind down.

It's been another very hot afternoon.  So far, Nashville's temperature has climbed to 92 degrees.  As of 4pm...

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4pm Temperatures

We've had this heat because of a dominant and persistent large ridge of high pressure that has steered the storms around us.

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Notice where it's shunting the severe weather today.

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Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Watches are currently in effect for several hundred counties in the Plains, on into the Northeast.

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With the storms over the Plains, record flooding also been a problem, especially with the Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

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On Thursday, the weather pattern begins to shift allowing slightly better rain chances and less heat to take shape over our area.

Watch Lisa Spencer's forecast at 5pm & 6pm to see just how much relief we expect & how long this slightly cooler air will stick around.

DT

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Meteorologist Dan Thomas joined the News4 team in August 2006.

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