INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health commissioner Judy Monroe is urging Hoosiers to take it easy this week as high temperatures reach or push past the 90-degree mark.

The National Weather Service says Wednesday's highs will be in the lower 90s with high humidity. Thursday and Friday's highs are expected to be just below 90 degrees.

Overexposure to temperatures of 90 degrees or higher can create a risk of heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

State health officials urge residents to drink plenty of cool water, stay in air conditioned buildings whenever possible and wear loose-fitting, light clothing. People should also slow down from their normal pace and cool down with cool baths or showers.

Officials say children should never be left in parked cars, even with the windows cracked open.

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