Excessive heat warning for Chicago area continues until 8 p.m., near-record heat expected – NBC Chicago

Near-record heat is expected for a second straight day as the Chicago area continues to experience dangerously hot temperatures, high humidity and more extreme heat.

An excessive heat warning that has been in effect since Tuesday morning for the entire Chicago area will continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

According to NBC 5 meteorologist Alicia Roman, heat index levels are expected to reach between 100 and 105 degrees, and temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s, with a high of 97 degrees.

Today’s record is 95, set in 1952.

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Wednesday is expected to remain dry, but scattered thunderstorms are expected to occur tonight and overnight. The storms, most likely from the north and west, could bring high, damaging winds up to 65 miles per hour and hail.

The possibility of storms becoming severe in the Chicago area is marginal.

According to the National Weather Service, hazardous heat conditions can significantly increase the risk of heat-related illnesses, especially for those who work or participate in outdoor activities.

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, avoid the sun, and watch your loved ones and neighbors,” the weather service says. “Young children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.”

Heat exhaustion, a milder form of heat-related illness, can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or imbalanced fluid replacement. Heatstroke is more serious and occurs when the body begins to lose its ability to regulate itself.

Here are the signs of heat stroke to look out for:

  • An extremely high body temperature
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Throbbing headaches, strong and rapid pulse
  • Red, hot and dry skin

If you’re going out, here’s a list of places to stay cool in Chicago and Cook County:

Chicago Cooling Centers

  • Englewood Center – 1140 West 79th Street.
  • Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • King’s Center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove.
  • North Zone Center – 845 W. Wilson Ave.
  • South Central Chicago – 8650 S. Commercial Ave.
  • Trina Davila Center – 4312 West Ave. North.

The cooling centers will be activated from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visitors must wear face masks, according to the city.

Cooling Centers in Cook County

  • Canton of Bremen – 16361 S. Kedzie Pkwy. (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Township of Lemont – 16028 127th St. (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Canton of Nils – 5255 Lincoln Ave (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Township of Norwood Park – 7833 W. Lawrence Avenue (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Evanston – 300 Dodge Ave. (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday to Friday)
  • Village of Barrington – 201 S. Spring St. (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
  • Township of Riverside – 27 Riverside Road. (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Township of Elk Grove – 600 Landmeier Rd (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Canton of Schaumbourg – 1 Illinois Blvd. (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Canton of Cicero – 4949 W. Cermak Road. (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday)

Unless otherwise stated, all of these locations are open Monday through Friday.

In addition to chill centers, Illinois Tollways will provide 24-hour hot weather patrols to assist drivers stranded on the road due to the heat wave. Drivers can call *999 for motorist assistance and more information.

In addition to cooling centers, the city’s more than 75 public libraries, 31 Park District country houses, and 176 wading pools can offer relief from the heat.

Relief from the heat and humidity is not expected until Thursday, when temperatures are expected to drop back into the 80s.

NBC Chicago

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