Chicago area enters 4th day of extreme heat

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Chicago moved into a 4th day of heat and humidity in what has become the area’s hottest spell of weather since July 25th last year.

Temps hit 97 Kankakee and Alsip, 96 Highland Indiana, 94 at O’Hare and 95 at Midway. Highest area heat index was 108 in Kankakee.

Chicago residents are being encouraged to call 311 for help dealing with the heat. Drivers who deliver meals to senior citizens were asked to watch for overheated residents, said Matt Smith, spokesman for the city’s Department of Family and Support Services.

CaptureCity officials responded to 11 requests for well-being checks as of this afternoon, said Matt Smith, spokesman for the city’s Department of Family and Support Services. The city had responded to 84 well-being checks earlier this week.

Smith said that senior citizens were received calls reminding them to stay out of direct sunlight and keep hydrated. The city placed 22,340 calls to senior citizens on Wednesday and continued to place calls today.

Friday’s predicted high may come within several degrees of 100 in the city. There were four 100-degree temps here last summer.

The heat advisory which covers the Chicago area runs through tomorrow at 7 p.m.

The hot spell appears destined for a stormy conclusion across some sections of the Midwest later tomorrow—including, potentially, the Chicago area.

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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