Extremely hot weather is expected this week, with Chicago potentially experiencing record temperatures, and experts are offering their advice on how to stay safe.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning through 8 p.m. Wednesday for the Chicago area. According to the city’s Office of Communications and Emergency Management, the worst of the heat is expected to occur Tuesday afternoon.
Here are some tips from experts for residents looking to stay safe during abnormally high temperatures.
Tips to beat the heat
Stay hydrated by drinking water. Avoid alcoholic beverages, caffeine, and soft drinks. Stay indoors and out of the sun. Keep all electrical lights off or low. Dress comfortably in light, loose clothing.
Keep you, your family and your pets safe
Even if it’s just for a few minutes, don’t leave anyone or your pets in a parked car. Provide shade and water. Limit outdoor activities and exercise on hot days.
Who to contact in an emergency
Chicagoans are encouraged to call 311 if they feel uncomfortable or need help, according to the Office of Communications and Emergency Management. By downloading the CHI311 app or visiting 311.chicago.gov, you can request a wellness check. Call 911 if you or someone you know has a heat-related illness or medical emergency.
Chicago has six community cooling centers that are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during extreme heat. Click here for other cooling centers in suburban Cook County.
Downtown Englewood – 1140 West 79th Street.garfield center – 10 S. Kedzie Avenueking center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove.North Central Zone – 845 West Wilson AvenueChicago South Center – 8650 S. Commercial Ave.Trina Davila Center – 4312 West North Avenue.