City urges residents to take precautions for extreme temperatures

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago summer has finally arrived in full force.

A heat advisory is in effect today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Temperatures will reach the mid-90s, and the heat index could hit 110 degrees.

FORECAST: Demetrius Ivory has the latest on today's hot weather in the WGN Chicago Weather Center.

The Chicago Department of Public Health is urging residents to drink lots of water and check on neighbors and elderly friends and family.

People can call 311 to request a well-being check for seniors or those with limited mobility to request transportation to one of the city's cooling centers. The Garfield Cooling Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie Ave., is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Do not rely on a fan as a primary source to stay cool.

COOLING CENTERS: Keep Cool Illinois is a resource to find places to beat the heat throughout Illinois.

Officials say to stay inside if possible. However, for those attending the many outdoor events in the city today, including the Disability Pride Parade and the Pitchfork Music Festival, wear loose clothing and come prepared with water.

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