A heat advisory has been issued for the Chicago area as temperatures are expected to reach 100-degrees-plus Thursday, creating the hottest day in Chicago in seven years. Temperatures are predicted to heat up by mid-morning.
The last time Chicago topped 100 degrees at O'Hare was on July 24, 2005 when the high was 102 degrees.
"Prolonged exposure to this heat can be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken," according to a statement from the National Weather Service. "Sunstroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are possible with prolonged exposure and physical activity."
The National Weather Service advises that people should wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.
The City of Chicago will open public cooling centers, including all Chicago Public Library locations. In Lakeview the library is located at 644 W. Belmont Ave.
The Center on Halsted
, Chicago's LGBT community center located at 3656 N. Halsted, will be open today from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. CoH offers free wi-fi access in the air-conditioned lobby for those looking to cool down from today's extreme heat.
"We encourage anyone who is looking to stay cool and healthy, especially our seniors, to please stop by the Center," said Center on Halsted
public affairs director Brian Richardson.
The Center also offers a number of programs and events throughout the day, including a seniors luncheon. Check centeronhalsted.org
for a complete list of activities.
The heat advisory will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Temperatures in the 90's are expected through at least the July 4 holiday so take the necessary precautions. Tips for Staying Cool
Drink plenty of water, at least eight glasses a day.
Take an occasional cool bath or shower.
Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and a hat.
Close the shades during the day to make homes cooler.
Use ceiling fans if possible.
Keep lamps and televisions away from the thermostat.
Avoid going out during the hottest part of the day.
Limit your amount of exercise, especially outdoors. Reminders
Check on elderly relatives, friends and neighbors - call 311 to request a well-being check.
Keep your pets safe and cool.