The National Weather Service in Chicago issues an extreme heat watch starting Wednesday

The National Weather Service in Chicago issues an extreme heat watch starting Wednesday

An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued from the morning of Wednesday 23 August until 8pm on Thursday 24 August due to an expected period of dangerous heat and humidity with potential heat index values ​​of 110°C. With the heat index expected to exceed 105°-110°F for at least two consecutive days, in response, the City of Chicago will open additional cooling centers for residents to escape the dangerous heat. The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) will continue to monitor conditions with the National Weather Service in Chicago and will issue alerts for additional advisories, watches and warnings.

Excessive heat

Excessive heat or extreme conditions can lead to unhealthy effects – especially over a period of time. Public safety is the City of Chicago's top priority and residents are also reminded that high temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illness. OEMC and city departments are reminding residents and visitors of available resources to help mitigate impacts so everyone can stay healthy and safe.

Cooling centers in Chicago

The City of Chicago Cooling Zones located at the city's six Community Service Centers are activated from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. NB: Hours will be extended on Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Englewood Center – 1140 West 79th Street
  • Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Street (24 hours)
  • King Center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove
  • North Area Center – 845 W. Wilson Ave.
  • South Chicago Center – 8650 S. Commercial Blvd.
  • Trina Davila Center – 4312 W. North Ave.

Additional locations active from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24:

Regional service centers

  • Southeast – 1767 A. 79th Street
  • Southwest – 6117 S. Kedzie Street
  • Midwest – 2102 W. Ogden Street
  • Northeast – 2019 W. Lawrence Street
  • Northwest – 3160 N. Milwaukee Avenue
  • Renaissance Court – 78 E. Washington Street (10am – 5pm)

Senior Satellite Centres

  • Pilsen – 2121 South Morgan
  • West Town – 1615 West Chicago Ave.
  • North Center – 4040 North Oakley
  • Norwood Park – 5801 North Natoma
  • Portage Park – 4100 North Long
  • Abbott Park – 49 East 95th Street
  • Chatham Park – 8300 South Cottage Grove
  • Roseland – 10426 S Michigan
  • Garfield Ridge – 5674-B South Archer
  • Kelvin Park – 2715 N. Cicero
  • Auburn Gresham – 1040 West 79th Street
  • Englewood – 653-657 West 63rd Street
  • Austin – 5071 West Congress Parkway
  • Edgewater – 5917 North Broadway
  • South Chicago – 9233 South Burley

For additional details about Senior Centers, visit the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services at Chicago.gov/DFSS/Senior Centers

During business hours, residents can also find relief at one of the city's Chicago Public Library locations and field houses in the Chicago Park District as well as spray pads located throughout the city. For a map of locations, visit Cooling Centers – Map | City of Chicago | Data portal.

Tips to beat the heat

  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water, and avoid alcohol, caffeine and soft drinks.
  • Stay indoors. If you don't have air conditioning, keep the blinds and curtains closed, but the windows slightly open.
  • Keep electric lights off or off.
  • Minimize the use of the oven and stove.
  • Apply sunscreen, wear loose, light cotton clothing, and hats with visors if you have to spend time outside.
  • Take cold baths.
  • Never leave anyone (including pets) in a parked car, even for a few minutes.

To get the latest updates on heat warnings and weather emergencies, residents can sign up for the city's emergency alert notifications at NotifyChicago.orgcheck out OEMC's social media pages, listen to local media or download a file Chicago OEMC application.

When temperatures rise to extreme levels, Chicagoans should monitor themselves and others for obvious signs of heat-related illness. Excessive sweating, extreme thirst, nausea, fatigue or weakness, dizziness or confusion can all be indicators of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. It is also important to check on our relatives, neighbours, elderly and vulnerable populations. If you can't call, you can request a safety check by downloading the CHI311 app, visiting 311.chicago.gov, or calling 3-1-1. If there is a medical emergency due to a heat-related illness, call 9-1-1.

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the Chicago Department of Buildings (date of birth) She advises property owners and building managers to check their electrical and cooling equipment to ensure it is in working condition. On days when the heat index exceeds 80°F, some apartment buildings must provide air conditioning in all apartments or have an air-conditioned indoor common gathering area known as a cooling center. For additional information about the COOLING Act of 2022, visit Chicago.gov/cooling.

Chicago OEMC application

For safety and preparedness at your fingertips, residents and visitors are encouraged to download the new Chicago OEMC app. Public Safety Widget provides safety information, preparedness tips, emergency alerts, weather information and more in the palm of your hand. Users will also have access to current forecasts, radar, and other weather-related information as well. The app is available now through the Apple App and Google Play stores or you can download it by visiting the OEMC website Chicago.gov/OEMC.

Smart911

Create a Smart911 profile now to include vital information to share with first responders if needed. A new feature has been added to include if you have air conditioning in your home or apartment for heat emergencies. This is useful information for first responders if they are responding to vulnerable residents, especially the elderly. To edit your profile or sign up, visit Smart911.com.

Sign up for NotifyChicago alerts at NotifyChicago.org. OEMC also issues text alerts for lakeside notices, issues affecting the business or events:

  • CHILAK: For lakeside notifications, text “CHILAC” to 7-8-0-1-5
  • CHIBIZ: For alerts affecting businesses, text “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3

For additional information about emergency preparedness information, visit the OEMC website at Chicago.gov/OEMC. Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook (@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC), and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911).

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