Chicago, IL —
An extreme heat warning for Cook County and most of the Chicagoland area continues through Friday night as high temperatures are expected to return to 100 degrees today.
Today's high temperature is expected to 101, with heat indices of 104 to 112 degrees. On Wednesday the city tied a record-high temperature of 102.
The National Weather Service reminds people to remain alert to the signs of heat exhaustion during the continued heat wave as heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.
The city will have all six neighborhood cooling centers open Thursday.
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 and volleyball tonight at 6 p.m. The children's play room is open today and tomorrow for parents looking to find a cool place to play with their young children. Check centeronhalsted.org
for a complete list of activities.
for a complete list of programs and activities happening throughout the day.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.