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Tips for Keeping Cool in Chicago's Heat



    Nesita Kwan offers tips for staying safe and cool in Chicago's heat. (Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013)

    Chicago’s heat wave isn’t looking to let up just yet.

    The National Weather Service predicts a prolonged period of hot conditions as Wednesday afternoon heat indices again approach and possibly exceed 100 degrees.

    The weather service issued a heat advisory was issued in beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday and the advisory will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Friday.

    The heat index Friday, the alert said, could reach up 108 degrees.

    As heat continues to grip the city, we’ve put together a list of tips for staying safe and cool.

    • Drink before you’re thirsty and stay hydrated
    • Do not drink alcohol of any kind
    • No mid-day exercise
    • Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and hats when outdoors
    • Stay in shaded areas
    • Take frequent breaks
    • Wear loose, light clothing

    As for keeping cool inside, here are some tips for how to keep your heat levels, and utility bills, down indoors.

    • Keep windows near fans closed, but keep them open in areas without fans
    • Avoid baking or stovetop cooking by using a microwave. Use an exhaust fan to push hot air out if you do cook.
    • Keep shades down
    • Take a cold shower
    • Wrap a cold towel around your neck