The City of Evanston’s Health and Human Services Department has declared a Heat Advisory for today and is urging all residents to take preventive actions during this hot weather to avoid heat-related illness, such as heatstroke.

The National Weather Service has indicated the heat index may rise to between 103°F and 109°F this afternoon. 

The Health and Human Services Department recommends residents take the following actions to prevent heat-related illnesses:

  • Drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol, caffeine and high salt intake
  • Stay in cool, shaded areas while outdoors, and keep the blinds drawn or lights down indoors
  • Use air conditioners or fans; avoid excessive exposure to heat in unventilated areas
  • Reduce physical activity
  • Take cool baths or showers, and use cool towels
  • Wear loose, light cotton clothing and a breathable hat
  • Eat light meals; avoid eating heavy meals and using the oven
  • Do not let anyone sit in a hot car, even for a few minutes

Community members are also reminded to check on people at risk for heat-related illness, especially elderly individuals.

As part of the Heat Advisory, residents are encouraged to take advantage of cooling centers across the city during their operating hours today:

  • Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • North Branch Library, 2026 Central St.,10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch Library, 900 Chicago Ave.. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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