The National Weather Service says we can expect hot and humid conditions to continue through tomorrow.

Temperatures are in the mid-90s this afternoon and are expected to reach those levels again tomorrow.

Combined with dew points in the mid to upper 60s, the result will be heat indices of around 100 degrees.

Southwest winds will be strong enough to prevent any lake breeze — so even areas right at the lake shore will experience the hot and humid conditions.

The overnight low tonight may not drop much below 80 degrees tonight.

Cooler weather is expected by Wednesday night as a cold front moves across the area.

The City of Evanston is making several public buildings available as cooling centers for those without air conditioning. The centers, and their hours, are:

  • Chandler-Newberger Center at 1028 Central St., open until 7 p.m.
  • Ecology Center at 2024 McCormick Blvd., open until 5 p.m.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center at 1655 Foster St., open until 9 p.m.
  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center at 927 Noyes St., open until 11 p.m.
  • Levy Senior Center at 300 Dodge Ave., open until 9 p.m.
  • Robert Crown Center at 1701 Main St., open until midnight.

The Evanston Health Department recommends the following steps to prevent heat related illnesses:

  • Drink lots of water, sports beverages or natural juices.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and high salt intake.
  • Stay in a cool, shaded areas and keep the blinds drawn or lights down.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to the sun.
  • 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 sit, or let anyone sit in a hot car, even for a few minutes.

Remember to check on people at risk for heat related illness, especially elderly individuals.

For more information contact the Evanston’s 311 Service Center, or visit www.cityofevanston.org. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Hot Classrooms

    When will District 65 update their schools with air conditioning? The schools put AC in their offices, but not in the classrooms. How can children learn in this heat? How can teachers teach? How many people would actually sit in an office on a day like today without AC? Enough is enough. Let's treat our children and teachers with respect!

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