- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State health officials are urging Ohioans to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness as temperatures are expected to increase this week.

The Ohio Department of Health says the elderly, infants and children, and people with chronic medical conditions need to take extra care in avoiding heat-related stress. The agency is encouraging people to drink water and stay cool.

Health officials say in 2015, nine people died in Ohio because of extreme heat.

Heat and humidity is expected to build across a huge swath of the U.S. over the next few days.

Highs are forecast to be in the 90 this week, with humidity making it feel warmer. The National Weather Service says heat indexes are expected to approach or exceed 100 degrees for much of Ohio through the weekend.

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