Heat advisory issued, record-breaking temps expected
Sun-Times Media June 27, 2012 11:30PM
Updated: July 29, 2012 5:11PM
CHICAGO — A heat advisory has been issued for the region as temperatures could climb Thursday to a record-breaking 100-degrees-plus.
The advisory goes into effect at noon and remains in place until 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service’s Chicago office.
The weather service estimates that Thursday’s high could range from 100 to about 105 degrees, and the heat index could hit up to 110 degrees.
The all-time high for June 28 is 101 degrees, which was set in 1952.
Chicago has had 14 days reach the 90s this year so far, with May 27 being the warmest day at 97 degrees.
Prolonged exposure to the heat and physical activity could lead to sunstroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion if the proper precautions are not taken, the weather service said in a statement.
Wearing light and loose fitting clothing, drinking plenty of water and rescheduling strenuous activities to the early morning or evening can help reduce the risks of sunstroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion, the weather service said.
In Valparaiso and Hammond, sanitation workers are starting early on Thursday and Friday to help workers avoid the peak times of heat. In Valparaiso, residents need to have refuse out by 6 a.m., in Hammond, by 4 a.m.