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The National Weather Service has indicated the heat index may rise to between 105°F and 115°F on Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22, 2016. Nighttime lows will remain in the 70s, offering little relief. The excessive heat may stay through Saturday, July 23, 2016.

Evonda Thomas-Smith, Director of the Evanston Health and Human Services Department, has declared a Heat Advisory and urges all residents to take preventive actions during this hot weather to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat stroke. As part of the Heat Advisory, residents are also encouraged to take advantage of cooling centers across the city.

Residents without air conditioning may visit the following public cooling centers in Evanston:

Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St. – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St. – Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. – Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. – Thursday, 5 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Main Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
North Branch Library, 2026 Central St. – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch Library, 900 Chicago Ave. – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Evanston Health and Human Services Department recommends the following to prevent heat-related illnesses:

  • Drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol, caffeine and high salt intake.
  • Stay in cool, shaded areas while outdoors, and keep the blinds drawn or lights down indoors.
  • Use air conditioners or fans; avoid excessive exposure to heat in unventilated areas.
  • Reduce physical activity.
  • Take cool baths or showers, and use cool towels.
  • Wear loose, light cotton clothing and a breathable hat.
  • Eat light meals; avoid eating heavy meals and using the oven.
  • Do not let anyone sit in a hot car, even for a few minutes.

Community members are reminded to check on those at risk for heat-related illness, especially elderly individuals.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.