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Heat wave rolls into Chicago area

The heat and humidity gripping the Chicago area could reach dangerous levels the next few days.

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The recent heat wave has claimed a fourth life in Cook County.

70-year-old Elizabeth Darlinger was found dead at her home in Stone Park on Sunday evening.   An autopsy shows heat stress and diabetes caused her to die from heart disease.

Last week, 83-year-old Joan Kaluzny from Bellwood died from heart disease brought on by diabetes, with heat stress as a contributing factor, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Hazel Perisee, 62, was found dead last Friday afternoon in her home in the 1800 block of West 79th Street.  The Cook County Medical Examiner says Perisee died of heart disease, but the heat was a contributing factor.

The week-long heat wave also claimed the life of Anne Spears, 71, of the 9700 block of Green Street.  Preliminary reports said Spears’ home was warm when she was found. An autopsy revealed she died of heart disease with heat stress being the secondary cause of death.

The heat index in the Chicago area had climbed to at least 100 degrees in some areas during the time of their deaths.

Ambulance 02Last week’s heat wave contributed to the death of a third person.

An 83-year-old woman from Bellwood died on Saturday.

Autopsy results revealed it was from heart diseases brought on by diabetes, with heat stress as a contributing factor.

Two other women also died earlier last week after suffering heat stress.

At least one other person in Cook County died this summer from heat related factors.

Friday is day five of Chicago’s current heat wave and people are getting relief any way possible.

Kids were seen all over the city and surrounding suburbs playing in sprinklers, pools and fountains.

Relief also came when some adults opened their fire hydrants to cool off—and have a little fun—although firefighters are telling residents not to tamper with hydrants.

The fire department says drivers may have a hard time seeing children that are playing in the street and it could make it more difficult for firefighters to do their jobs in an emergency.

The heat advisory for the Chicago area continues until 7 p.m. tonight, as temperatures are expected to near 100 degrees this afternoon.

The extreme heat kept firefighters busy Thursday, as they tried to cool down runners at a 5K event at Soldier Field. Plus, they were called to hose down several city bridges that expanded in the heat and got stuck in the up position.

City officials are providing cooling centers and reminding people to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly.

Emergency room doctors say they are seeing many patients for heat exhaustion.

Today’s heat index is expected to hit over 100 degrees before cooler temperatures arrive Saturday.

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)

heatThe Chicago area is under a heat advisory from 11 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday.

City officials are spreading the word about places to cool off, especially for the elderly.

Heat is the leading cause of weather-related death in the U.S.; more dangerous than earthquakes or hurricanes.

As always, officials urge that everyone check in on their elderly neighbors, or people without air conditioning.

You can find resources near you, by calling 311.

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Temperatures on Wednesday reached the mid and upper 90s across much of northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana. Highs ranged from 98 degrees at Kankakee and Alsip, to 89 degrees at Northerly Island. Officially, at O’Hare International Airport, the high reached 94 degrees, making Wednesday the warmest day since August 24th of last year.

Chicago is not the only area experiencing hot temperatures. As of Wednesday evening, 21 states, from the Dakotas, through New England were under heat advisories.

Temperatures in the mid and upper 90s are forecast to continue through Friday across the Chicago area. The dome of hot air centered over the eastern U.S. is expected to weaken heading into the weekend. Relief from the current heat wave is due to arrive Friday night as gusty t-storms erupt along an advancing cold front.

For more updates, log on to The Chicago Weather Center.

The year’s first official heat advisory has been issued for the Chicago area.

It begins tomorrow at 11a.m. through Friday at 7 p.m.

Two more days of intense heat are on the way in Chicago, each with dangerous peak afternoon heat indices. Thursday’s high temp is expected to hit 95 with a 106 peak heat index while Friday heads back to 95 with a 106 peak heat index. Advisories for heat within this sprawling hot air dome now reach into 20 states.

Wednesday marks Day 3 in the summer’s most intense spell of heat. Downstate Danville IL’s hit a thermometer high of 101–while mid 90s have occurred across Chicago today making this the hottest day in the city since a 94-deg high last Aug 24.


The heat have will tighten its grip on the Chicago area today, with temperatures in the middle 90s and a heat index as high as 106 in some places.

And it’s going to feel worse Thursday before we get a break late Friday as a cold front moves through and triggers thunderstorms. Cooler and less humid air will follow for the weekend, but the respite will be brief.

An air quality alert has been issued for northwest Indiana.

The heat index determines how hot it feels by factoring in both relative humidity and air temperature. A heat index reading of about 105 degrees or above is considered dangerous because it becomes more difficult for the body to cool itself. Cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke can develop.

The smothering weather is coming from a mammoth hot air mass — Summer 2013’s hottest to date — that’s draped across virtually the entire Lower 48, stretching nearly coast to coast.

This is an air mass with origins in the tropics. Thunderstorms that erupt in such weather don’t have the cooling power of storms that typically roam these parts. But the showers predicted over the next three days will, at least, help mix the air here, reducing prospects of serious air-quality issues.

Tuesday’s official reading of 92 was 2013’s hottest and Chicago’s highest temperature since last Aug. 31, nearly 11 months ago. Other area highs included 93 degrees at Midway and 91 at Chicago’s lakefront.


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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)