Chicago Heat Advisory: Temperatures expected to rise to dangerous levels throughout weekend

Accuweather Alert Day: Heat index expected to reach 105 degrees, according to OEMC

ByJesse Kirsch, Greg Dutra, Alexis McAdams WLS logo
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Chicago Heat Advisory: Temperatures expected to rise to dangerous levels throughout weekend
Temperatures are expected to reach dangerous levels in the Chicago area this weekend.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Temperatures are expected to reach dangerous levels in the Midwest this weekend, with a heat index sitting above 100 degrees in the Chicago area Saturday.

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications is advising that temperatures over the next few days and throughout the weekend are expected to warm into the mid-90s with a potential peak heat index of 105 degrees or above.

ABC7 Meteorologist Phil Schwarz said Saturday is an example of the effects of humidity.

While temperatures reached the low 90s, dew points climbed into the low-to-mid 70s. The combination produced heat indices around 100, Schwarz said.

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The heat index could even top 110 degrees in some spots, according to ABC 7 Chicago Meteorologist Greg Dutra.

Many Chicagoans were looking to beat the heat Saturday.

"The beaches are closed, but still nice to be able to have the water," said Maddie Malek.

The dangerously high temperatures come as Chicago-area beaches and many pools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Just trying to enjoy our Saturday and hang out with friends, but socially distance," Malek said.

OEMC and Cook County are opening cooling centers for residents who need relief from the extreme heat and humidity that can pose a health and safety threat.

"Heat can be very dangerous, as we all know, and we are reminding everyone to stay hydrated and to stay in the shade," said Rich Guidice, of OEMC.

Residents will have access to cooling centers, libraries, Chicago Park District splash pads and other options as needed from July 16 through July 19.

OEMC Cooling Center Locations:

Cooling areas hours are, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations.

  • Englewood Center-1140 W. 79th Street
  • Garfield Center-10 S. Kedzie Ave. (Will be open on Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, July 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m as well)
  • King Center-4314 S. Cottage Grove
  • North Area Center-845 W. Wilson Ave.
  • South Chicago Center-8650 S. Commercial Ave.
  • Trina Davila Center-4312 W. North Ave.
  • Cooling areas for seniors are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the following locations.

  • Central West Center-2102 W. Ogden Avenue
  • Northeast (Levy) Senior Center-2019 W. Lawrence Avenue
  • Northwest (Copernicus) Senior Center-3160 N. Milwaukee Avenue
  • Renaissance Court-78 E. Washington Street (Open only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Southeast (Atlas) Senior Center - 1767 E. 79th Street
  • Southwest Center-6117 S. Kedzie Avenue
  • Cook County Cooling Center Locations:

    The centers will be open from 8 a.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday, but will close for the overnight hours if temperatures fall below 80 degrees.

  • Bridgeview Courthouse- 10220 S. 76th Ave., Bridgeview, IL 60455
  • Skokie Courthouse- 5600 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077
  • The center's operations could be extended into next week if the current weather pattern persists, according to a Cook County press release.

    The county's plans ensure social distancing can be maintained, and all residents who seek shelter in the facilities will be subject to a wellness evaluation based on COVID-19 protocols. Surgical masks and gloves will also be provided at the cooling centers.

    An alternative housing plan is also in place for any resident that is suspected of having the coronavirus and requires shelter from the heat, the release added.

    To stay safe, officials recommend:

  • Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and sugary drinks.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and those with functional needs.
  • Try to stay in the shade or indoors as much as possible.
  • If working outside, take frequent breaks, preferably in an air-conditioned space.
  • Take pets indoors and make sure they have plenty of water.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
  • In addition to the Cook County cooling centers, some municipalities have also opened up cooling centers to residents.

    Officials remind residents that Chicago beaches are still closed.

    The OEMC Operations Center will monitor the weather appropriately and remain in constant contact with the National Weather Service.

    For more information on where you can find relief from the heat, call 311 or visit You can also get timly updates and other information by signing up for free emergency alerts at