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Weather Alert: Dangerously Hot Temperatures Heading DG's Way [UPDATE]

Cooling stations are ready for the 100-degree heat expected here by Thursday.

UPDATE 5:30 p.m.:

The has added a couple of heat and air quality advisories to its website. Check them out HERE.

ORIGINAL:

Temperatures at or above 100 degrees are coming our way, and the city is gearing up with cooling stations and warnings.

Temperatures are expected in the low to mid-90s Wednesday and from near 100 to the 105-degree range Thursday, the NWS says.

Afternoon highs in the 90s are expected to continue through the weekend.

There are some chances of thunderstorms, but the likelihood is that the continued dry spring and early summer conditions will continue.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows our area as "abnormally dry." The far south tip of Illinois is facing "extreme drought" conditions.

If you need to hit up a cooling center, here are a few around the village:

• (Mon-Fri: 8a.m. to 8 p.m.,
Sat-Sun: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m)

• (Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

• (Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. to noon)

• (Mon-Fri: 8 a.m to 5 p.m.)

• (Mon-Fri: 8 a.m to 5 p.m.)

And here are some additional tips on how to handle the weather ahead:

Staying safe in the heat

The DuPage County Health Department has a number of tips to help people stay safe in the heat.

Dehydration: Dehydration occurs when more water leaves the body that you put back in. Stay well hydrated throughout the day and drink extra fluids when exercising or simply being outdoors on hot days.

Heat exhaustion: Symptoms may include: headaches, weak pulse, rapid pulse, excessive sweating, dizziness, and in some instances fainting, clammy skin, chills, cold, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps or very fast or very shallow breathing. If you suspect you have heat exhaustion, take action immediately to cool down. If possible, immerse yourself in cool water.

Heat stroke: Unlike heat exhaustion, victims of heat stroke have warm skin that is dry to the touch because they’ve sweated out all their extra water leaving the body’s natural cooling system without a key cool-down mechanism. High fever, severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, and a strong, rapid pulse all accompany heat stroke. People may become confused and can lose consciousness. Heat stroke is a very serious condition. Take action to cool the victim and seek immediate medical assistance.

Keep your Cool

Here are some tips from the Health Department to stay cool:

• Always wear light-weight clothing that has plenty of ventilation – the fabric should “breathe.” Stay well hydrated; always ensure you consume an abundance of liquids in the summer.

• Exercise or schedule other strenuous activities when the heat and humidity are lowest, usually early morning and late evenings.

• Rest in cool, shady places frequently. If you’re hot, go cool down – get indoors, drink cool liquids, enjoy the air conditioning for a few minutes, or take a cold shower.

• Eat light, heart-healthy foods to replace minerals and nutrients that may be lost. Give your heart a little extra break during the summer months with a healthy diet.

• Watch out for those at greatest risk such as very young children, the elderly, persons who may have health conditions. Certain medications may put you at greater risk of heat-related illnesses so be aware of how medications may interact with the heat.

For more information visit the DuPage County Health Department.

Pet safety 

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) emphasizes that pets should never be left in parked vehicles on hot days. The temperature inside a car can rise to 120 degrees within a matter of minutes. Pets can suffer irreversible organ damage and death.

Whenever pets are outside they require shade and cool water. Protection from the heat is a must, according to the Humane Society. A dog house does not provide relief from the heat.

The Humane Society recommends limiting exercise on very hot days to early morning or evening hours. Owners should be particularly careful with pets with white-colored ears, that are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets that may have difficulty breathing.

Walking dogs on grass is also suggested, since asphalt can become very hot and can burn a dog’s paws.

Know the signs of heat stroke in your pet:

  • Heavy panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • A rapid heartbeat
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Dizziness, lack of coordination
  • Profuse salivation
  • Vomiting
  • A deep red or purple tongue
  • Unconsciousness

In cases of heat stroke:

  • Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
  • Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over the pet.
  • Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
  • Take your pet directly to a veterinarian.

Source: Humane Society of the United States

Holly Olmsted-Hickey July 04, 2012 at 04:16 PM
This information would be a great link to have at the top of The Patch when there is any sort of excessive heat advisory issued for our village instead of having to search for it. Even better would be to have it updated daily during this time and having it stand out a little more prominently. It would also be great to know if these cooling centers are open today on the 4th of July as well.

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