Thursday, June 28, 2012
"Dangerous Heat" Forecast Today
The current forecast high is 100 degrees for Chicago-O'Hare and 99 degrees for Rockford. In a hazardous weather advisory weathermen called it "dangerous heat". The Illinois EPA in a weather-related move called an "Air Pollution Action Day" today warning of increased levels of ozone and particulates. There's also a 20 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms later today as a (comparative) cold front moves in from the west.
Experts' advice on extreme heat is to try to keep cool, avoid strenuous exercise and drink lots of water. Emphasis on LOTS. The Centers For Disease Control's heat recommendations are here:
The villages of Algonquin and Huntley will both have cooling centers available if residents' AC blows or if they don't have any to blow in the first place. Algonquin Village Hall will be available as a cooling center during normal business hours, 8 am to 5 pm. Huntley officials reported the Board Room in Village Hall there will be available for cooling if necessary, too. LITH officials weren't planning on having a cooling center but said residents should call LITH PD for a well-being check if they can't contact a disabled or elderly person.
Algonquin officials suggested cooling off at the Village's Snapper Field/Lions Armstrong Memorial Pool and splashpad. The pool and pad at Huntley Park District's Stingray Bay and LITH Parks & Rec's Splashpad in Sunset Park are also expected to be popular destinations today.
Hot weather, although not as bad as today's, is expected to continue Friday and Saturday with highs in the 90's for most of northern Illinois.