RALEIGH -- The heat wave is causing respiratory problems for some North Carolinians. The Division of Air Quality reports the Triad, Triangle and Charlotte regions are under "code orange" conditions, which means meaning people who are sensitive should avoid being outside for long periods of time.
"It's just harder to breathe, air is thicker,” described Wade Campbell, who attempted a fishing trip to Shelley Lake in Raleigh with his family.
Meterologists at Division of Air Quality said the extended heat wave has been taking a toll on many people since the end of last week. Conditions aren't expected to improve until after Monday.
"If we happen to get hit by thunderstorms, it'll improve the air quality but if the thunderstorms stay away, the ozone higher," explained meteorologist Nick Witcraft
With parts of the state under code orange, Witcraft said some people may feel the difference.
"Sensitive individuals may experience asthma attacks, shortness of breath," he described.
Close to three dozen Minute Clinics across the state have been treating more patients since the heat wave began last Friday. Nurse practioner Susanne Jacobs said even healthy people who've never had an asthma problem have had issues.
"We are seeing people who have never suffered from any type of respiratory or allergic ailment before coming in with those symptoms," described Jacobs.
To avoid respiratory problems, the Division of Air Quality and medical experts advise avoiding the hot sun or driving for long periods of time during the hottest time of the day, typically between 11 a.m. And 7 p.m.