Heat wave bakes Ashtabula County  

Conner Parent, 3, of Jefferson, enjoys a vanilla ice cream cone with sprinkles on top from the Dairy Delight in Jefferson. 

A summer heat wave is raising the thermometer, bringing temperatures in the 90s every day this week.

Meanwhile, thousands of Ashtabula County residents are fighting the hot weather with fans and air conditioners.

“We are sold out of air conditioners,” said Dana Zinz, store manager at Home Depot in Ashtabula. “We have sold a lot of air conditioners and a lot of fans.”

Some folks braved Tuesday’s heat for a cool treat.

“We’ve seen an increase in business [with the rising temperatures],” said Jana Burke, an employee with the Edgewood Dairy Queen. “The new ‘Drumstick’ blizzard seems to be the favorite.”

At the Dairy Delight in Jefferson, 3-year-old Conner Parent enjoyed a vanilla ice cream cone with sprinkles on top.

Sienna Park, 18, of Jefferson preferred a banana milkshake from Steak ‘n Shake in Ashtabula Township.

Temperatures in the county seat hit 92 degrees at noon, with heat indexes reaching 97 degrees. Some areas of Ashtabula County saw a pop-up shower after 1 p.m. Tuesday, thanks to brutal humidity, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

The temperatures are expected to soar to the mid-90s every day this week, according to the NWS.

The heat is being caused by a jet stream remaining well to the north and two domes of high pressure, which are letting the heat settle in over much of the country.

In Ashtabula County, it will be here nearly the entire week. For sun bathers, skies will be sunny and winds calm, and a 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The bad news is the hot weather has caused air quality to deteriorate. The National Weather Service issued an air quality alert until midnight Tuesday for northeast Ohio. 

Don’t like hot weather? Wait until the weekend when temperatures will fall back into the more seasonable 80s, and despite the chances of thunderstorms, mostly sunny skies will prevail, according to the NWS.

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