Dangerous heat will hit Chicagoland, including the North Shore area, this week, eliciting warnings and action from local officials.
The Village of Wilmette sent a mass email alerting residents to the incoming temperatures, which according to the National Weather Service will on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 23-24, approach 100 degrees and feel like up to 115 degrees. Heat indices will likely be lower near the lake, according to NWS.
The NWS issued an excessive heat warning for both days, and recommended residents take frequent indoor breaks, hydrate often, and check on relatives and neighbors. The expected weather is especially dangerous inside unattended vehicles.
A cold front is expected to advance off the lake and lower temperatures overnight Thursday to Friday, the NWS estimates.
The Village of Wilmette also promoted the town’s cooling centers: Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave. (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.); the Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., (9 a.m.-9 p.m.); and the Community Rec Center, 3000 Glenview Road, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cook County also publicizes a number of cooling centers, including several in Evanston.
The temperatures are also impacting local sports and activities. High schools Loyola Academy, New Trier, Highland Park, Regina Dominican and North Shore Country Day must follow the heat-related regulations of the IHSA, which stipulate no outdoor practices or competitions can take place under certain conditions that are expected to apply Wednesday and Thursday.
Loyola VP for Athletics Genevieve Atwood said the school has already canceled several Wednesday practices and contests and moved other sessions to the morning hours. Temperatures are expected to eclipse 90 degrees by 11 a.m.
Regina Dominican announced via Twitter that it has canceled a tennis match on Wednesday and all of its competitions (volleyball, tennis and golf) set for Thursday.
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