An Excessive Heat Watch has been issued for Cook County for Father’s Day weekend as forecasters warn of a potentially “dangerous situation” in the area.
With peak heat indices forecast to reach near 105, the National Weather Service issued the watch for Saturday through Monday, warning that heat illnesses will be possible.
“Only minimal relief from the heat is expected at night with heat indices likely to remain in the 90s through the evening and possibly into portion of the overnight hours,” the alert states.
That type of prolonged heat, combined with sunny skies, can lead to hazardous conditions, the NWS warned.
Residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms and stay out of the sun. The heat will be particularly dangerous for elderly residents or those with pre-existing health conditions. Residents can call 311 for well-being checks or to find the nearest cooling center.