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Hot temps, air quality alert prompt reminder to avoid leaving pets and children in cars

High temps, air quality alert issued for parts of Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Rising temps will be affecting the ozone today, leading to an air quality alert for most of Middle Tennessee through 12 a.m. Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to hit 90 degrees on Tuesday, paving the way for a warm week. The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an air quality alert for Robertson, Sumner, Macon, Trousdale, Smith, Wilson, Davidson, Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman, Maury, Williamson, Rutherford and Cannon counties.

Due to the high temps, police are also urging residents to be cautious that pets and children are not left in hot vehicles. Even with lower temperatures this morning, temps were 16-20 degrees inside closed vehicles.

Police remind residents if someone spots a child or animal locked in a hot vehicle they can legally break the windows to free the pet or child.

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