Health effects of summer heat and humidity

Extreme heat and humidity can have serious effects on your health. WAAY 31 looked into how you can stay safe this summer.

Posted: Jul 3, 2018 4:03 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2018 6:21 PM

With summer comes trips to the beach, pool time, and outdoor activities. But the heat and humidity isn't all fun and games, especially the temperatures we've seen in recent weeks. 
WAAY 31 looked into how these sticky conditions can pose a serious threat to your health.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 600 people a year die from heat related illnesses; such as heat stroke.

WAAY 31 Meteorologist Chris Smith tells me you need to be on the look out for these symptoms.

"Tiredness, shortness of breath, if you feel nauseous that's where you need to take a break. But if your body temperature reaches a certain temperature, that's where you need to go to the emergency room at that point because that's when you could be suffering from a heat stroke."

WAAY 31 spoke with a doctor who tells me, heat along with humidity can also be an asthma trigger. The moisture in the air makes it damp and heavy making it harder to breathe.

The doctor also told us humidity can cause mold to grow faster which could also trigger asthma.

But according to Meteorologist Chris Smith, there is some relief in sight...

"The humidity factor won't be nearly as high next week as opposed to what we've been dealing with here for the last 4 weeks."

That is good news for jogger francheska hall who prefers running outdoors...Something she prepares for with good old fashioned h2-o.

The doctor we spoke with also suggests if you are experiencing any type of shortness of breath you should get it checked out as a precaution because some people develop asthma and other allergies later in life.

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