Experts Offer Tips on How to Beat This Week's Chicago Heat Wave

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Extremely hot weather is expected this week, with Chicago potentially seeing record-breaking temperatures, and experts are offering their advice on how to stay safe.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Wednesday at 8 p.m. for the Chicago area. According to the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the worst of the heat is expected to occur Tuesday afternoon.

Here are some tips that experts are offering for those residents looking to stay safe during abnormally-hot temperatures.

Tips to Beat the Heat

  • Stay hydrated by drinking water. Avoid alcoholic beverages, caffeine, and sodas.
  • Stay indoors and out of the sun.
  • Keep all electric lights turned off or lowered down.
  • Dress comfortably in light and loose clothing.

Keep Yourself, Family, and Pets Safe

  • Even if it's only for a few minutes, don't leave anyone or pets in a parked car.
  • Provide shade and water.
  • Limit outdoor activities and exercise on hot days.

Who to Contact in an Emergency

  • Chicagoans are encouraged to call 311 if they are uncomfortable or require assistance, according to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
  • By downloading the CHI311 app or visiting, you can request a wellness check.
  • Call 911 if you or someone you know is suffering from a heat-related sickness or medical emergency.

Cooling Centers

Chicago has six community cooling centers that are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during extreme heat. Click here for other cooling centers around suburban Cook County.

  • Englewood Center – 1140 W. 79th Street.
  • Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • King Center – 4314 S. Cottage Grove.
  • North Area Center – 845 W. Wilson Ave.
  • South Chicago Center – 8650 S. Commercial Ave.
  • Trina Davila Center – 4312 W. North Ave.
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