Tuesday, August 07, 2001

Tristate to bake until weekend

By Ben L. Kaufman and Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Don't look for relief from the heat and humidity before the weekend. With that in mind, local officials issued heat and smog advisories on Monday for today.

        “If you have air conditioning, and your neighbor doesn't, invite them over for dinner,” said Mary Ellis, development director for Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. “We're asking people who know anyone at risk for a heat-related illness to check on them.” The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, said daytime temperatures would be in the 90s through Thursday and the high 80s on Friday. As with temperatures, the humidity won't ease until the weekend cold front arrives, meteorologist Mike Ryan said.

        Malcolm Adcock, Cincin nati's health commissioner, declared a countywide heat alert for today, and warned against “risks due to prolonged exposure to heat and to undue physical exertion.”

        Cincinnati recreation centers will function as “cool centers” during regular hours.

        The second smog advisory of the month was issued for today by the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services.

        On Monday, Northern Kentucky health officials also declared their third heat alert in two weeks for Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties.

        During a heat alert, Northern Kentucky's cool centers are open from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

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