Evanston’s Health Department has issued a heat advisory for noon to 10 p.m. today and is urging residents to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness, such as heatstroke.

The National Weather Service has indicated the heat index may rise to 105°F today, with continued hot and humid weather Sunday.

Residents are advised to 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 leave people or pets alone in a hot car, even for a few minutes.
  • Check on people at risk for heat-related illness, especially elderly individuals.

The Robert Crown Community Center and Library, 1701 Main St. will be available as a cooling center from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. All visitors must wear a face covering before entering the building and maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others while in the building.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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