Courtesy village of Riverside

The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning for Cook County and most of the Chicagoland area effective 11 a.m. Thursday through 7 p.m. Friday, the advisory was issued in advance of temperatures that are expected to hit the low to mid-90s Thursday and upper 90s Friday.

The National Weather Service reminds people to remain alert for signs of heat exhaustion during the continued heat wave as heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. Individuals with heat exhaustion tend to have symptoms such as:

  • profuse sweating,
  • weakness,
  • muscle cramps,
  • headache, and
  • nausea and vomiting.

As dehydration increases from the loss of body water, lightheadedness may occur and fainting may occur especially, if the affected individual stands up quickly. A low grade fever also may be present.

The Township Hall will serve as a cooling center if needed. Residents should contact Village Hall at 708-447-2700 with any questions.

Tips for Staying Cool

  • Drink plenty of water, at least eight glasses a day.
  • Take an occasional cool bath or shower.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and a hat.
  • Close the shades during the day to make homes cooler.
  • Use ceiling fans if possible.
  • Keep lamps and televisions away from the thermostat.
  • Avoid going out during the hottest part of the day.
  • Limit your amount of exercise, especially outdoors.

Reminders

Check on elderly relatives, friends and neighbors. Keep your pets safe and cool.