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An excessive heat warning is in effect for the entire Chicago area through 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, as near-record temperatures and dangerous humidity roll into the area.
According to CHI 5 meteorologist Alicia Roman, temperatures are expected to climb to 98 degrees, just one degree below the record for heat set in 1987, but the extreme humidity will make the air feel even hotter, with rates of heat reaching between 105 and 110 degrees in most places.
According to the National Weather Service, dangerously hot conditions can significantly increase the potential for heat-related illness, particularly for those who work or participate in outdoor activities.
“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check on family and neighbors,” the weather service says. “Young children and pets should never 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. Heat stroke is more serious and occurs when the body begins to lose its ability to regulate itself.
Here are the signs of heat stroke to watch out for:
- An extremely high body temperature
- dizziness and nausea
- Throbbing headache, strong rapid pulse
- Red, hot, dry skin
Chicago has cooling areas located at the city’s six community service centers, all of which will be active from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays:
- Downtown Englewood – 1140 West 79th Street
- garfield center – 10 S. Kedzie Avenue
- king center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove
- North Central Zone – 845 West Wilson Avenue
- Chicago South Center – 8650 S. Commercial Ave.
- Trina Davila Center – 4312 West North Avenue.
While in the cooling areas, visitors must wear face masks, officials said. Free face coverings will be offered to those who do not have one and wish to use the cooling facilities, in accordance with the city website.
No relief from the heat is expected until Thursday, when temperatures are expected to drop back into the 80s.