Chicago copes with heat wave

CHICAGO -- Much of the Chicago area continues to be under a heat advisory.

Residents have found ways of staying cool and coping with this latest string of 90 degrees or above.

The Excess Heat Advisories will likely continue a good portion of the Chicago area Saturday and Sunday with heat Indexes generally in the 100-110-degree range, although there may be some slight relief right along and just inland of the Lake Michigan shoreline Saturday.

The American Red Cross on Wednesday released its list of "Extreme Safety Tips":

  • Never leave children or pets in a vehicle – even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of a car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Use a buddy system if required to work outdoors and take frequent breaks.
  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water and shade.

The Red Cross also says people without air conditioning should seek relief at public places such as libraries, shopping malls and movie theaters.

Cook County has set up cooling centers for residents in surrounding small towns. Click here for the full list.

The city of Chicago will also have cooling centers available in a handful of neighborhoods. See the list here.

And you can get updates on the forecast at the Chicago Weather Center.