The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued an Excessive Heat Warning in effect from 11 AM Friday through 7 PM Saturday.
* TEMPERATURE...Afternoon highs in the mid 90s and nighttime lows in the mid 70s to near 80 degrees. * HEAT INDICES...Peak Heat Indices in the 105 to 115 degree range. * IMPACTS...The high temperatures, combined with ample sunshine and oppressive humidity, even at night, will lead to potentially hazardous conditions, particularly for the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room... stay out of the sun...and check upon relatives and neighbors. Take extra precautions...if you work or spend time outside. When possible...reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work...the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency...call 9 1 1. An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. List of Cooling Centers: Winnebago County The Carpenter’s Place 1149 Railroad Ave Rockford, IL Mon – Fri 8:30am - 3pm 815-964-4105 Rockford Rescue Mission Sites: Men’s Crisis Center 715 W. State St Rockford, IL 7am-7pm/7 days a week 815-316-4148 Women’s Crisis Center 715 W. State St. Rockford,IL 8am-4pm/7 days a week 815-965-5332 Pilgrim Baptist Church 1703 S. Central Ave. Rockford, IL Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm 815-968-4449 Village of Machesney Park 300 Roosevelt Rd Machesney Park, IL Mon – Fri 8am – 4:30pm 815-877-5432 Pecatonica Village Hall 405 Main St. Pecatonica, IL Mon – Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm 815-239-2310 Boone County Boone County Site Salvation Army 422 S. Main St. Belvidere, IL Mon – Fri 9am – 11:45am; 1pm – 4pm 815-544-3892