Chicago Heat Index Could Hit As High As 106 Wednesday As Sweltering Weather Continues

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r-CHICAGO-HEAT-INDEX-HEAT-WAVE-2013-huge.jpgSweltering heat is expected to remain in the Chicago area through at least Friday, bringing heat indices as high as 106 in some areas.

Looking for relief from the heat, Chicago? You’ll have to wait at least a few more days.

The official high temperature hit 92 in Chicago on Tuesday (as measured at O’Hare) and more of the same is expected to continue for the rest of the week, according to the Chicago Weather Center’s blog.

Tuesday’s 92-degree high was the hottest temperature seen in Chicago since last Aug. 31, almost a year ago, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Mark Ratzer of the National Weather Service put the balmy forecast this way to the Chicago Sun-Times: “The only good news is that we’re one day closer to Friday.”

Isolated parts of the city could see thunderstorms and brief torrential downpours, according to the weather service, but no temperature relief until a cold front approaches Friday evening bringing temperatures dipping into the lower 80s and some likely rain.

Though no heat advisories or warnings have yet been issued through Wednesday morning, ABC Chicago reports the city is advising residents to keep an eye out for any signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke: dizziness, nausea, headaches, high body temperature and reddening skin.

(Find a cooling center in Illinois.)

To beat the heat, drink lots of fluids, especially water and call 311 for help locating a city cooling center. The city is also advising residents to check on seniors or the disabled during the extreme heat, or call 311 to request a well-being check.

One thing not to do, however, is to open fire hydrants, fire officials are urging, according to CBS Chicago.

“We caution against it, though, because it is very dangerous; for more than just one reason,” Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told CBS. “The most important is that kids play in that water spray, and they can’t hear cars coming; and the cars creep through that water spray, not knowing there are kids there.”

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