Evanston’s Health Department has extended the current heat advisory through 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The National Weather Service forecast indicates that the break in the oppressive heat is not expected until Saturday afternoon. The weather conditions previously had been expected to moderate by later today.

With record high temperatures and high heat indices, the Evanston Health Department urges all residents to continue to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat stroke.

Those without air conditioning may visit the following public buildings today to cool down:

  • Chandler-Newberger Community Center at 1028 Central St., open until 7 p.m.
  • Ecology Center at 2024 McCormick Blvd. open until 5 p.m.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center at 1655 Foster St., open until 9 p.m.
  • Levy Senior Center at 300 Dodge Ave., open until 9 p.m.
  • Robert Crown Community Center at 1701 Main St., open until midnight.

Community Center hours on Saturday are:

  • Chandler-Newberger Community Center, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Levy Senior Center, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Robert Crown Community Center, 7 a.m. to  11 p.m.

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. The Health Department recommends checking regularly on:

  • Infants and young children;
  • People aged 65 or older;
  • People who have a mental illness; and
  • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.

For more information on heat illness prevention tips or other emergency preparedness and response, please visit the city website or call 311.

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