Chicago weather: Heatwave could result in record-high temps

Chicago will be hit by a heatwave this week. 

Each day between now and Saturday will have highs in the 90s. Each day will have mostly to partly sunny skies. 

A thunderstorm could pop up almost any afternoon but it is far more likely that drought-like conditions develop over much of the Chicago area.

Today’s record high is 96 degrees. It will likely fall. Peak heat indexes will flirt with 100 degrees this week but at this time no heat advisory is in effect. 

A break in the intense heat is not expected until Sunday when there will also be a greater chance for showers and storms.

Excessive heat can lead to a number of health issues, from minor conditions like muscle cramps to more serious illnesses like heat exhaustion or heat stroke. 


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Experts say limit your time outside, if possible, and be sure to stay hydrated, not just with water, but with electrolytes as well. 

Watch out for all those warning signs of heat-related illness. These include a rapid heart rate, feeling clammy or feeling dry, lightheadedness or confusion. If you do have any of those symptoms, get inside to an air-conditioned place immediately and hydrate. 

Cooling areas at six community service centers across the city will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday. They are available at the following locations:

  • Englewood Center1140 W. 79th Street
  • Garfield Center10 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • King Center4314 S. Cottage Grove
  • North Area Center845 W. Wilson Ave.
  • South Chicago Center8650 S. Commercial Ave.
  • Trina Davila Center4312 W. North Ave.