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Chicago braces for a couple of days of oppressive heat.
Chicagoans might have complained all winter and spring about freezing temps, but the first part of the week in the city is going to be H-O-T.
Temperatures were north of 90 degrees Monday and record highs are expected Tuesday, with temperatures reaching 97 degrees and humidity launching temperatures as high as 102. The city has not seen temperatures like those since June 7, 1933, when the record was 100 degrees.
The Department of Emergency Management held a news conference Tuesday to warn residents of the dangers high heat can bring.
"Extreme heat and humidity is more than just an inconvenience. It is dangerous and in some cases can be deadly," Chicago Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair said.
Chicago residents are urged to call 311 for assistance in case of emergency. High heat indexes can cause heat illnesses that require medical attention. Drink plenty of water, avoid alcoholic beverages, as well as check on the elderly, pets, relatives and neighbors during the hottest parts of the week.
Residents won't get a break on Wednesday with temperatures remaining in the mid 90s with humidity levels pushing it even higher to between 98 and 103, possibly edging out another 1933 record high of 97 degrees. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms could come Wednesday night with temperatures dipping down to the 70s.
Chicagoans will finally get a break on Thursday with temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s thanks to some showers and thunderstorms.
Friday is looking mostly cloudy and cooler with lower temperatures, highs between 64 and 68.
Chicago residents should remember that high heat indexes can cause heat illnesses that require medical attention. Chicagoans should drink plenty of water, avoid alcoholic beverages, as well as check on the elderly, pets, relatives and neighbors during the hottest parts of the week.