Extreme Heat
The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued an Excessive
Heat Warning, which is in effect from noon CDT Thursday to 7 PM
CDT Saturday.

* HIGH TEMPERATURES…Peaking well into the 90s each day, with
Friday and Saturday potentially in the upper 90s to near 100.

* MAXIMUM HEAT INDICES…Peaking 104 to 114 each afternoon.


Oh, the joy of living in Chicago. We fight through subzero temperatures in the winter, then complain that our spring is too wet and cool only to now find ourselves facing dangerous heat. It is easy to complain about the weather, but these next few days will not merely exceed preferred temperatures, we will be facing life-threatening conditions. With the Chicago Heat Index well into triple digits we must all take steps to insure safety, especially for seniors, those with health issues, and those who lack air conditioning.

 Here are some helpful steps to stay safe during EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING:

  1. Reduce exposure to the sun.  This is a great time to pull out that sunscreen in the cabinet (SPF 15 or greater).
  2. Know your condition level and avoid overly strenuous outdoor activities.
  3. Remember, there is a reason people wear white, loose-fitting clothes in the desert.
  4. Important, KEEP HYDRATED. Few people like sweet sodas more than me, but caffeinated pop is not going to keep you hydrated.
  5. Air conditioning- One of the great inventions of the 20th century. Yes, you will see higher than normal electric bills, but air conditioning will keep your home or office cool, or at least at safe levels (assuming we avoid a power failure). Fans in window also can help if you don’t have air conditioning..
  6. Lower blinds for particularly sunny rooms.
  7. Cool wet towels and brisk showers can help reduce your core body temperature.
  8. Keep pets out of the sun, give them extra water.
  9. CHECK ON FREINDS AND NEIGHBORS, any one that you believe will be at special risk.
  10. Below you will find a list of city cooling centers:

Chicago Cooling Centers

The Department of Family & Support Services operates cooling centers at six community service centers on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

Englewood Center
1140 W. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60621

Garfield Center
10 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

King Center
4314 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60653

North Area Center
845 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

South Chicago Center
8650 S. Commercial Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617

Trina Davila Center
4312 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639

The city might open those centers on the weekend if necessary as part of an Excessive Heat Warning. Public libraries, Chicago Park District field houses, and police stations also can serve as cooling centers when needed.

The city’s 21 senior centers also double as cooling centers for seniors during regular operating hours.

People also can call 311 to request a well-being check if they are worried about a neighbor or loved one, or to register for the city’s extreme weather notification system.


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