Excessive Heat Warning issued for Thursday through Saturday

CHICAGO —Dangerous heat is coming to the Chicago area.

An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued from noon Thursday until late Saturday.

Counties include Cook, Kane, DuPage, Kankakee, Grundy, Kendall, Will in Illinois and Lake and Porter counties in Indiana.

The National Weather Service reports, “a multiple-day episode of dangerous  heat is expected Thursday through Saturday” and should “peak in intensity on Friday.“

There will be little relief from the heat overnight on Thursday and Friday.

 

The high temperature is expected to be between 92 degrees and 98 degrees with the hottest conditions on Friday. Max heat indices could peak between 104 degrees and 114 degrees.

With dangerous heat settling in, doctors said the extreme temperatures call for extra caution.

Dr. Marcelo Malakooti with Lurie Children’s Hospital said families should spend as much time indoors as possible between noon and 6 p.m.

“I think prevention is one of the biggest things we can do,” Malakooti said.

But if you do venture out, Malakooti said to drink plenty of water and take it easy.

“We worry about heat exhaustion and heat stroke is when they can lose consciousness,” he said.  “Call 911 immediately if that were to occur.”

The Chicago Park District says 36 park locations will be available as cooling centers.

A Heat Advisory remains in effect for northernmost counties of Winnebago, Boone, McHenry and Lake counties in Illinois.

Updates at wgntv.com/weather.

 

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