CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago is preparing for what could be a dangerous few days from Thursday through Saturday, with extreme heat moving in.
The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat watch starting at noon Thursday, lasting through 7 p.m. Saturday. Temperatures could reach near 100 degrees on Friday and Saturday, and the heat index could soar past 110.
City officials are warning people to be prepared for the weather, urging residents to check on their neighbors, and to use one of the city’s cooling centers if they don’t have air conditioning.
With excessive heat hitting the City through Saturday, let's all check on our neighbors who may be suffering from the heat. Please call 311 to locate a cooling center near you, to request a well-being check, or to register for the City's Extreme Weather Notification System.
— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) July 17, 2019
The Department of Family & Support Services operates cooling centers at six community service centers on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
1140 W. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60621
10 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
4314 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60653
North Area Center
845 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
South Chicago Center
8650 S. Commercial Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
Trina Davila Center
4312 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
The city might open those centers on the weekend if necessary. Public libraries, Chicago Park District field houses, and police stations also can serve as cooling centers when needed.
The city’s 21 senior centers also double as cooling centers for seniors during regular operating hours.
People also can call 311 to request a well-being check if they are worried about a neighbor or loved one, or to register for the city’s extreme weather notification system.
Meantime, ComEd is adding more staff and preparing equipment for the extreme heat, in case of power outages.
Metra said the extreme heat also likely will require them to slow down trains at times. Whenever the temperature rises above 95, Metra reduces train speeds by 10 mph to reduce stress on tracks.
Due to the forecast for increasingly hot weather in the Chicago region, it will be necessary for Metra to operate trains at reduced speeds. When temperatures exceed 95 degrees, Metra is required to reduce train speed by 10 mph to compensate for heat related stress on the tracks.
— Metra (@Metra) July 17, 2019