NWS: Take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses amid stifling heat, humidity

     South Seaside Park in 2015. (Photo: Justin Auciello/for NewsWorks)

    South Seaside Park in 2015. (Photo: Justin Auciello/for NewsWorks)

    An air quality alert is in effect Thursday at the Jersey Shore for ground level ozone amid scorching heat and oppressive humidity, according to the National Weather Service.

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued a “Code Orange” alert. According to airnow.gov, the air in New Jersey is within the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” level.

    “People with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air,” according to the alert. 

    The alert says to avoid strenuous activity and exercise indoors to minimize the effects of air pollution.

    The National Weather Service has also issued a Heat Advisory for the area Thursday, advising the general public to take extra precautions to avoid heat related illnesses as the heat index — or what the temperature feels like — will surge to around 100 degrees. 

    Forecasters say to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances

    More comfortable weather arrives on Friday night as a cold front moves through the area and delivers cooler temperatures. 

    For more information on ground-level ozone and fine particles, visit here.  

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