- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Some of the hottest weather so far this summer is scheduled to bake Ashtabula County this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures today will be in the high 80s and flirt with 90 degrees on Wednesday, according to the NWS’ Cleveland office. If that forecast holds, it will be the first 90-degree day this month and only the second time this summer the heat hit that plateau, according to the NWS.

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are of particular concern to the very young, people over 65 and persons who are overweight or have illnesses, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

When the day is hot, people need to limit their time in the sun, Chris Kettunen, director of nursing for the Ashtabula County Health Department, said Monday.

“Stay in or, if you must be outdoors, stay in the shade,” she said. “Limit your exposure.”

Water and liquids are also your friend, Kettunen said.

“Keep hydrated,” she said. “That’s important.”

When hot weather strikes, the ODH also advises people to:

—Seek out a public air-conditioned area, such as a library or store. Don’t rely on a fan to provide relief.

—Drink plenty of water, even when you don’t feel thirsty

—Take a cool bath or shower when the air gets steamy

—Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothes

—Check on friends and family that may be at risk, and don’t forget about pets

—Limit outdoor activity

Community Action’s Summer Crisis Program can help low income, the elderly and the chronically ill beat the heat with a one-time payment of $175 to be applied to an electric bill payment or the purchase of an air conditioner. The program runs through Aug. 31 or until funds are exhausted. Applications will be processed at Community Action, 6920 Austinburg Road.

To qualify, households must have an annual gross income of 175 percent of federal poverty level or below, but they do not need to be in a disconnect status to receive help. Households that have received an air conditioner within the past three years are not eligible for one this year, but may still receive financial assistance. For more information call 866-223-1471.

This week’s forecast is a 180-degree change from July’s start. Cool temperatures and wet weather have given way to hot air and dry skies. The average temperature so far this month is 70.4 degrees, about 3.2 degrees below normal, according to the NWS. Almost 2.6 inches of rain has fallen in July, about .30 inches below the average. The best chance of rain over the next several days comes Wednesday, when thunderstorms may materialize, forecasters said.

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