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.