Chicago weather forecast: Local officials urge caution as heat wave moves into area

CHICAGO (WLS) – As the warm front that set off Monday night’s storm lifts north, temperatures will soar well into the 90s in the Chicago area on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications will speak about 9 am, ahead of the heat wave.

The city is reminding people to take precautions to avoid extreme heat emergencies.

When the humidity is factored in, it will feel as hot as 105 degrees and maybe even hotter in some places.

A Heat Advisory has been issued beginning Tuesday at noon until 8 pm Wednesday, according to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. The advisory includes north central and northeastern Illinois, as well as portions of northwest Indiana.

The Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for central Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, northern Cook, southern Cook, eastern Will, Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, northern Will and Southern Will counties in Illinois and Lake, Porter and more counties in northwest Indiana until 8 pm Wednesday.

Officials warn that hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses, which could develop in less than 30 minutes after strenuous outdoor activity.

Residents are advised to take extra precautions, including drinking in fluids, staying in air-conditioned areas and staying out of the sun. If possible, reschedule strenuous activities in the early morning or in the evenings if you work or will spend time outside. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible as well.


Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat Stroke:

  • Confusion, altered mental status, slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness (coma)
  • Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
  • Seizures
  • Very high body temperature
  • Fatal if treatment delayed
  • Heat Exhaustion:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Irritability
  • Thirst
  • Heavy sweating
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Decreased urine output
  • Anyone should have moved to a cool or shaded location, officials said. A heat stroke is an emergency, and 911 should be called.

    311. Residents can also request a welfare check by downloading the CHI311 app, visiting or calling 311.

    They also recommend checking up on relatives and neighbors.

    The city of Chicago’s cooling areas is located on Tuesday and Wednesday. The cooling areas operate from 9 am to 5 pm, Mondays to Fridays. Visitors are required to wear a face covering while in the cooling areas. The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services will provide free cover for guests who do not have one and want to utilize the cooling areas.

    They’re located at:

    – Englewood Center – 1140 W. 79th St.
    – Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Ave.
    – King Center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
    – North Area Center – 845 W. Wilson Ave.
    – South Chicago Center – 8650 S. Commercial Ave.
    – Trina Davila Center – 4312 W. North Ave.

    During hours of operation, residents can also find relief in one of the city’s more than 75 Chicago Public Library locations and more than 31 Chicago Park District fieldhouses as well as 176 splash pads.

    Public pools will be closed, however, for another 10 days, while the Chicago Park District works to hire more lifeguards.

    Rogers Park senior apartment building, which was located in the city of Rogerstown, Dublin.

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    Officials also remind people to never leave young children or pets unattended in vehicles under any circumstance.

    The Illinois Department of Transportation launched around the clock Hot Weather Patrols to more quickly locate and assist customers stranded along its roads during the dangerously high temperatures and humidity. The 24-hour patrols search for motor vehicles, Illinois Tollway dispatch or Illinois State Police District 15.

    Due to the high temperatures, the Chicago Department of Transportation has canceled the scheduled Wednesday bridge lift and boat run.

    The National Weather Service said the heat should break toward the end of the week.

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