CHICAGO (WLS) –
People are warned to stay smart and stay cool, but there's still plenty to do this weekend.
The National Meteorological Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning effect for Cook County until 7pm Sunday and 10am Saturday for the surrounding counties
Saturday's high is estimated at 98, one less than the record of 99 and peak heat index values expected to exceed 105 degrees. On Friday, the high was 96 degrees, a degree behind the record of 97 degrees.
This weekend, there are more than 80 events in the Chicago area, and the city officials' message is to be careful and do a lot of people to heed this warning.
"Very prepared, lots of water, carry it with us, and hopefully it will stay cool," said concertgoer Meghan Powers.
Chicago's emergency management office reminds you to stay hydrated, wear light clothes, and do not spend too much time in the sun.
COOLING CENTERS AND HOT-WEATHER RESOURCES
CLICK HERE for an interactive map to find a cooling center near you Illinois
CLICK HERE to visit the Cooling Centers for Gary, Indiana
You can also call 31
The Illinois Tollway started around the clock with hot weather patrols on Friday looking to assist stranded drivers at the dangerously high temperatures. If you need help from a car driver, call * 999 from a mobile phone and note the direction of travel and the direction of travel, as well as the nearest kilometer or intersection. Stranded motorists should turn on emergency lights and stay in their vehicle until assistance arrives.
Oases along the toll road serve as cooling centers for motorists. Click here for a list of oases on Illinois Tollawys
PROTECTING OUTSTANDING HEATERS
Excessive heat is not only a challenge for humans, even pets are affected.
The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has given some tips for dogs and cats in hot weather
First and foremost, never leave a pet in a vehicle – even in the shade with the windows open. Dogs and cats do not sweat, they pant. The CVMA says that sometimes they are unable to hunt fast enough to cool off.
Always provide cold water and a portable bowl.
While exercise and walks for dogs are not forcing them to walk around in a hot, humid weather after a meal. Also try moving and walking animals early in the morning or later in the day when it is not so hot.
Dog paws are sensitive to heat and can burn. Do not place your puppy dog on hot asphalt for long periods of time and watch for signs of discomfort.
The CVMA recommends keeping cats in extreme heat and creating plenty of shade for pets outside. Older and overweight animals should be kept indoors in a cool, ideally conditioned room.
Dogs with long, heavy coats should be cut to approximately one inch according to CVMA. However, the association also warns against shaving the skin to the skin and exposing the animals to possible sunburn. Pets are not immune to skin cancer, so be aware of skin color changes as well
Excessive Heat Monitoring means a longer period of high temperature is expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will lead to a dangerous situation where heat illnesses are possible. Drink a lot of liquid … stay in an air-conditioned room … stay out of the sun … and look at relatives and neighbors. Take special precautions … when you work or spend time outdoors. If possible … postpone strenuous activities in the early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat outbreaks and heat stroke. Wear light and loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water. In order to reduce the risk of working outdoors, the OHS department recommends planning frequent rest periods in shady or air-conditioned environments. Everyone who is overwhelmed by heat should be taken to a cool and shady place. Heat stroke is an emergency … call 9 1 1.
Excessive heat warning means that a longer period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity combined will create a dangerous situation where heat illnesses are likely. Drink a lot of liquid … stay in an air-conditioned room … stay out of the sun … and look at relatives and neighbors. Infants and pets should under no circumstances be left unattended in vehicles. This is especially true in warm or hot weather when the interior of a car can reach deadly temperatures in a matter of minutes.
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