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Very hot and humid conditions are forecast for later this week. These hot and humid conditions may lead to an increased risk of heat related stress and illness, particularly for the very young, the elderly, and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities.
Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed, and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children, and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.
Conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality. Consequently, people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than those living in rural areas. Also, asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release heat at night, which can produce higher nighttime temperatures known as the “urban heat island effect.”
Know the Terms
Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify an extreme heat hazard:
Take Protective Measures
Before Extreme HeatTo prepare for extreme heat, you should:
During a Heat Emergency
The following are guidelines for what you should do if the weather is extremely hot:
Cooling CentersThe below buildings are available as cooling centers during their normal operational hours:
DeKalb Senior Center
330 Grove Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
9:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
DeKalb Public Library
309 Oak Street
9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. Friday
9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Saturday
1:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. Sunday
If the above Cooling Centers are closed, Hope Haven is a no turn away shelter. Hope Haven is located at 1145 Rushmore Drive in DeKalb.
Call 815-748-2070 during the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and 815-748-8460 (press 9) after hours to: