Summer is just days away, but East Tennessee is already feeling the heat. The temperatures edge closer to 90 degrees Tuesday, and will likely surpass that later this week.
At the Alice Bell Spring Hill Aquatic Club, swimmers found their escape from the sun in the cool waters.
"We're over here trying to cool off on this hot, hot day," said swimmer Louise McRrary, who is also a swim club board member.
During an average summer, Knoxville experiences about 36 days of temperatures in the 90s or higher.
Last year's wet, cool summer resulted in far fewer -- about a dozen days above 90. However, two years ago (2012), Knoxville saw 45 days above that benchmark, plus two back-to-back days at 105 degrees.
This summer holds near normal expectations for temperatures and precipitation.