Heat advisory issued for Thursday and Friday

Thu. July 18, 2013 6:08 AM by GoPride.com News Staff

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Chicago, IL - The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday and the advisory will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Friday.

According to the alert, the heat index Friday could reach up 108 degrees. Thursday's high temp is expected to hit 95 with a 106 peak heat index.

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.

Governor Pat Quinn announced the opening of more than 100 cooling centers on Wednesday. The cooling centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services offices throughout the state. IDHS cooling centers are open to the public during regular business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Center on Halsted, 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.

The LGBT community center also offers a number of programs and events throughout the day. Check centeronhalsted.org for a complete list of activities.

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.

Check on elderly relatives, friends and neighbors - call 311 to request a well-being check.
Keep your pets safe and cool.