UPDATED 3:39 p.m. The agency that tracks air quality says the hot and humid forecast could be a problem for residents of northeast Ohio with breathing problems. An Air Quality Advisory was issued for both Tuesday and Wednesday for people sensitive to air quality or suffering from respiratory ailments, such as asthma.
The advisory covers Summit, Portage and Medina Counties as well as Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain.
Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s this week and local health officials are warning residents to take precautions to avoid heat stroke and heat-related illnesses.
According to Dr. Carol Cunningham, state medical director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS and an emergency physician at Akron General Medical Center, a child dies from heat stroke about once every ten days in the country because a they were left alone in a hot vehicle.
"About a third of these tragedies, a child was not locked in the car, but the child went in an unlocked car and was unable to get of the car in time."
Cunningham says never leave a child unattended inside a car, especially during hot weather.
With the summer concert season in full swing, Cunningham also says many should stay away from alcohol in the high heat.
"People think that drinking a beer will cool them off and may feel refreshing, but actually alcohol has a substance in it that inhibits your body to recognize that it needs to retain fluid," said Cunningham.
Prevention is key if you plan to spend time outside. Drinking plenty of water and taking more frequent breaks can help you avoid dangerous heat-related illnesses.