Be Cool, Chicago

Temps expected to hit the 90s

By Anthony Ponce
|  Friday, Jun 18, 2010  |  Updated 7:15 AM CDT
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POLZEATH, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 10: People sunbathe on the beach close to the Beach Break Live festival in Polzeath on June 10 2008 in Cornwall, England. The event, close to the popular beach resort of Polzeath, is billed as the UK's first student-only music festival to celebrate the end of their exams. The Enemy and The Wombats feature among the performers. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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Temps are expected to hit the 90s this weekend. While that may sound like a cattle call to hit the beach, emergency officials urge caution.

"All Chicagoans should be aware of the dangers of heat stroke and heat related illness," said Bechara Choucair, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

He advises residents to keep cool, drink lots of water and check on family members.

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communication says its at the ready if the heat wave's effects become too much. They'll institute an emergency weather plan.

"In addition to discomfort in high temp which can pose difficulties to your personal health and can be particulary hazardous to the elderly and pets," Jose Santiago, executive director of Office of Emergency Management and Communications said. "We want residents to know that we're here for them."

Officials say its important to drink lots of water, stay out of the sun during peak hours and to check on loved ones.

If you can’t, call 311 and ask for a well being check.

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services also advised residents to take advantage of a series of cooling centers around the city. 
 

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