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First day of Summer: Expect a hot day today, with temperatures topping out near 100


The Summer Solstice occurred this morning (Tuesday June 21st) at 4:13 AM CDT, marking the beginning of astronomical Summer. Today is the longest day of the year, so that means the days will start getting shorter on Wednesday, though the shorter daylight hours won’t become more noticeable until later July and especially August. The latest sunsets of 2022 will happen today through July 3rd, while the earliest sunrises of the year took place from June 12th through June 17th. Between the Summer Solstice and the 2022 Winter Solstice on December 21st, we’ll lose over 6 hours of daylength!

Expect a hot day today, with temperatures topping out near 100 ahead of an approaching cold front. This cold front may focus a few widely scattered strong thunderstorms (capable of producing strong wind gusts) across parts of northwestern IL early this evening, between about 7 and 10 pm. The storms are expected to weaken after 10 pm as they approach the Chicago metro area. For this reason, not everyone will see storms with this front this evening. Expect cooler and drier weather in the wake of this front through the end of the week.


* WHAT...Peak afternoon heat index values up to 105 degrees

* WHERE...Winnebago, Ogle, Lee and Boone Counties.

* WHEN...Until 7 PM CDT this evening.

* IMPACTS...High temperatures and high humidity may cause heat
illnesses to occur.


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.

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 lightweight and loose fitting clothing when
possible. 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.

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