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Excessive Heat Watch Issued for the Chicago Area This Week

Parts of the Chicago area will remain under an excessive heat watch for multiple days this week. Dangerous heat could bring heat index values as high as 108 degrees. The watch, issued for Cook County, takes effect Thursday afternoon and continues through Saturday evening, with heat indices potentially peaking between 100 and 108 degrees each day. Residents are urged to find a cool place and to avoid outdoor activity during the day. The Village Cooling Center, located in the Police-Fire Training Room at 6900 N. Lincoln Ave, will open Thursday, July 18 at Noon and will remain open until Sunday morning, July 21.

An Excessive Heat Watch means prolonged periods of high temperatures are expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity combine create dangerous situations in which heat illnesses are possible. The Village of Lincolnwood recommends to drink plenty of fluids, remain in an air-conditioned rooms, avoid the sun, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. Furthermore, if you plan to work or spend time outside the Villages recommends following these extra precautions.

  • Reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
  • To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Anyone overcome by heat should move to a cool, shaded location and dial 911. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

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