Reminder: Heat Emergency and Smog Alert remain in effect Thursday

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - a Smog Alert and Heat Emergency remain in affect for Thursday.

Meteorologist Pat Barry said storms will move in tonight along with a cold front that should help cool temperatures. By this weekend weather should be much more bearable .

Remember the following tips to prevent heat related illnesses and for more information on this week's forecast check out our weather page here.

  • Drink plenty of water, even if not thirsty.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages; alcohol can increase a person's risk to heat related illnesses.
  • Decrease physical activity such as yard work or exercise. Activities should occur on the morning or in the evening.  Stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Individuals with chronic health problems, such as heart disease or lung problems, should minimize activities because the heat will add additional stress.
  • Extra caution should be taken for the elderly and young infants and children to assure that they are protected from the heat.
  • Individuals on medications should check with their doctor or pharmacist to see if the medicines put them at increased risk of heat related illness.
  • Check on those who may need assistance.
  • ·Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose, cotton clothing.
  • Eat light meals.
  • Adjust blinds, shades, and awnings to keep the sun out.
  • Children and pets should not be left unattended in closed vehicles.  Temperatures quickly rise to dangerous levels.
  • Use air conditioning, or spend time in a cool basement.  Many facilities such as libraries, malls, movie theaters and other public areas are air-conditioned.
  • Keep in mind fans are only effective when they are bringing in cool air.  When the relative humidity is high, the evaporative cooling of sweat is diminished.