The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a heat advisory until 8 p.m. today.

The forecasted high is 92 degrees today, and the heat index will make it feel like 102 degrees by late this morning through early evening, the weather service said.

The heat advisory comes as the region also deals with abnormally dry conditions.

The combination of high temperatures and humidity will work together to make heat-related illnesses possible.

The weather service is advising people, especially in heat-sensitive groups, to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms and out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.

If working or spending time outside, people should take extra precautions and reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or late evening, and wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

Dial 911 for anyone overcome by heat and move that person to a cool and shaded location.

And not only is the areaís weather warmer than normal, itís also much drier.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the entire five-county Akron region is experiencing abnormally dry conditions.

Parts of central to southern Ohio and northwest to west central Ohio are experiencing moderate drought conditions, and one section of extreme Northwest Ohio is considered to be in extreme drought condition.

The National Weather Service out of the Akron-Canton Airport reports that through Thursday 1.69 inches of rain had fallen since June 1, 1.89 inches less than the normal value of 3.58 inches.

Since Jan. 1, precipitation is 14.01 inches, 5.30 inches less than the normal total of 19.31 inches.

At this time last year, a total of 28.08 inches of precipitation had fallen, a little more than twice as much as has fallen this year.