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The City of Evanston’s Health and Human Services Department has declared a Heat Advisory for Saturday, July 18 from Noon to 10 p.m. and is urging all residents to take preventive actions during this hot weather to avoid heat-related illness, such as heatstroke. 

The National Weather Service has indicated the heat index may rise to 105°F on Saturday, with continued hot and humid weather on Sunday. 

Residents are advised to take the following actions 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 leave people or pets alone in a hot car, even for a few minutes

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

As part of the Heat Advisory, residents are encouraged to take advantage of the Robert Crown Community Center and Library, 1701 Main St., a public cooling center that will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 18.

As a reminder, all visitors must wear a face covering before entering the building and maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others while in the building.