City sizzles in heat wave

Across Chicago, Tuesday’s sultry weather proved fun for some and dangerous for many others.

The Cook County medical examiner is investigated suspected heat related deaths.

Health department officials urged caution at a news conference today.
“Make sure you avoid being out during the hottest part of the day unless you absolutely have to,” Bechara Choucair, M.D, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health said. Choucair also advised people to use common sense and check on each other.

Temperatures were well into the 90s today.  Winds did not provide much relief at the lakefront, Chicago’s usual source of natural summer cooling.

Emergency physicians urge people to recognize the signs of heat illness; Heavy sweating, weakness, headache and nausea are among the early symptoms.

For more information and a list of cooling centers in Chicago, visit these websites:

Chicago Park District – List of pools and cooling centers

Cooling Centers in Chicago

Cooling Centers (pdf)

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