The Summer Heat Is Not Making Breathing Easier In Chicago

Rice checks Mary Heafy’s breathing during a checkup for her asthma at the Beth Israel Deaconess clinic. Climate change does seem to be extending the Boston region’s ragweed season, Rice tells Heafy.
Rice checks Mary Heafy's breathing during a checkup for her asthma at the Beth Israel Deaconess clinic. Climate change does seem to be extending the Boston region's ragweed season, Rice tells Heafy.
Rice checks Mary Heafy’s breathing during a checkup for her asthma at the Beth Israel Deaconess clinic. Climate change does seem to be extending the Boston region’s ragweed season, Rice tells Heafy.
Rice checks Mary Heafy's breathing during a checkup for her asthma at the Beth Israel Deaconess clinic. Climate change does seem to be extending the Boston region's ragweed season, Rice tells Heafy.

The Summer Heat Is Not Making Breathing Easier In Chicago

As the mercury rises in Chicago, it can sometimes feel like it’s harder to take a deep breath.

Over the weekend, Chicago saw a heat index of up to 110 degrees, causing Excessive Heat Warnings across the region.

But while the extreme heat is taking a reprieve early in the week, it won’t be gone for long. Temperatures are expected to climb again around Thursday, and that rising heat has a major effect on air quality in our area.

Morning Shift sits down with Jill Thompson with the Midwest branch of the American Lung Association for more on this issue.

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The American Lung Association