90-de­gree weather to per­sist through Thurs­day, fore­cast­ers warn

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY DAVID STRUETT, CST WIRE RE­PORTER dstruett@sun­times.com | @dstru312

The heat is on in Chicago, ac­cord­ing to fore­cast­ers who say tem­per­a­tures will con­tinue to reach the 90s through Thurs­day.

On Mon­day, Chicago recorded 95-de­gree tem­per­a­tures at O’Hare and Mid­way air­ports. Tues­day’s fore­cast from the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice calls for a high of 91 de­grees at O’Hare, Chicago’s of­fi­cial weather sta­tion. There’s a 20% chance of show­ers and thun­der­storms overnight.

Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day could be as hot as 95 de­grees, the weather ser­vice said. That’s be­fore show­ers move through the area Fri­day, when the high is fore­cast to be 88 de­grees.

De­spite the ex­ces­sive heat, the air this week won’t be “op­pres­sively hu­mid,” the weather ser­vice said in its fore­cast.

Tem­per­a­tures should drop by an­other 10 de­grees over the week­end, with highs ex­pected near 80 de­grees on Satur­day and 77 on Sun­day, the weather ser­vice said.

Chicago has no plans to im­ple­ment its ex­treme heat emer­gency re­sponse be­cause the heat in­dex should stay be­low 105 de­grees, ac­cord­ing to Of­fice of Emer­gency Man­age­ment and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions spokes­woman Mary May.

How­ever, the Depart­ment of Fam­ily Sup­port and Ser­vices has opened two of its six cool­ing cen­ters, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Fri­day, May said. They in­clude Garfield Cen­ter, 10 S. Kedzie Ave. and King Cen­ter, 4314 S. Cot­tage Grove Ave.

Of­fi­cials also ad­vised res­i­dents to check on the young and el­derly.

Last month, Chicago recorded its first heat-re­lated death of the sum­mer. A 95-yearold woman died July 7 on the North­west Side dur­ing 91-de­gree heat. It was the third death in Cook County this year at­trib­uted to hot weather. Last sum­mer, five heat-re­lated deaths were re­ported coun­ty­wide.

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