Evanston Fire Department crews will be opening hydrants at several park locations today to help residents stay cool on what’s expected to be the final day of our current heat wave.

Fire hydrants will have spray nozzles attached for children and families to use. Firefighters will remain on site, unless emergency calls occur. 

Here’s the schedule:

  • Dawes Park (Church St. and the lakefront) – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Mason Park (Davis St. and Dewey Ave.) – 11 a.m. to noon
  • Ackerman Park (Central St. and McDaniel Ave.) – noon to 1 p.m. 
  • Kamen Park East (South Blvd. east of Asbury Ave.) – noon to 1 p.m. 
  • Twiggs Park (South of Canal Between Simpson St. and Payne St.) – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Elks Park (Mulford St. and Callan Ave.) – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Leahy Park (Lincoln St. and Ridge Ave.) – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Baker Park (Keeney St. and Forest Ave.) – 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Harbert Park (Crain St. and McDaniel Ave.) – 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Larimer Park (Crain St. and Ridge Ave.) – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Temperatures are expected to reach the low 90s this afternoon, and the National Weather Service says says we may see a severe thunderstorm by late afternoon.

By tomorrow the temperatures are expected to be dramatically cooler, with a high around 76 degrees.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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