Evergreen Park continues to be under an excessive heat watch after
Temperatures are expected to rise to between 102 and 106 degrees Thursday and Friday afternoons. Lows will fall to the upper 70's and 80's Wednesday and Thursday nights. The heat index will be between 105 and 110 degrees through Friday, while a few spots may rise to up to 115, said the NWS.
The NWS has also issued a hazardous weather outlook for the area. As temperatures will be very slow to fall throughout the night, combined with high moisture levels, the heat index values will stay elevated. Hot and humid conditions will persist through Friday, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms.
Additionally, the NWS issued an air quality alert for the Chicago area that will remain in effect until midnight Thursday night.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has declared Wednesday through Thursday air pollution action days in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Members of sensitive groups -- including children, older adults and those with breathing or heart disorders, including asthma and COPD and even active adults -- may experience health effects.
Those with lung diseases, older adults and children may be affected by exposure to the ozone. People with heat and lung disease may be impacted by particles in the air.
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The National Weather Service suggests residents take the following precautionary actions:
- If you work or spend time outside, when possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
- Stay out of the sun
- Check up on relatives and neighbors
- Don't leave children and pets unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
To reduce the risk of heat-related conditions, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration suggests scheduling frequent rest breaks in air-conditioned or shaded areas. If anyone is overcome by heat, they should be moved to a cool and shaded area. If someone falls to heat stroke, call 9-1-1.