With temperatures approaching 100 degrees expected later this week, city officials are urging residents to seek cool places to ride out the heat wave.
The National Weather Service-Chicago has a Hazardous Weather Outlook in place throughout the week for St. Charles' latitude-longitude, 41.92°N 88.29°W.
Temperatures are expected in the low to mid-90s Wednesday and higher than 100 degrees Thursday, the NWS says.
Afternoon highs in the 90s are expected to continue through the weekend.
There are some chances of thunderstorms, but the likelihood is that the continued dry spring and early summer conditions will continue.
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows our area as "abnormally dry." The far south tip of Illinois is facing "extreme drought" conditions.
The city, the Kane County Office of Emergency Management and the Kane County Health Department, recommend that the public take the following precautions during periods of extreme heat:
- Frequently check on family members and the elderly who do not have air conditioning to insure their well being.
- Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing liquid intake.
- Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
- Stay on the lowest level of your home out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
- Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes.
- Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat when out in the sun.