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CHICAGO (WLS) — A Heat Advisory is in effect for the Chicago area until 7 p.m. Tuesday as severe weather threatens the city and suburbs for the second day in a row.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for LaSalle and DeKalb counties until 7:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service has also issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Cook, De Kalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake and LaSalle counties until 10 p.m.

The greatest risk for severe weather in the Chicago area will be between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., ABC7 meteorologist Phil Schwarz said.

The primary risks with any storms that develop Tuesday afternoon will be strong winds and torrential rains. Tuesday’s tornado risk is lower than Monday, Schwarz said, when seven tornadoes touched down in northern Illinois.

SEE ALSO | Multiple tornado touchdowns reported in DeKalb, Kane counties

Areas north and west of Chicago are under an “enhanced” risk of severe storms, a level 3 out of 5, according to the Storm Prediction Center. These areas also saw the worst storm damage on Monday. Areas along the lakefront, the south suburbs and northwest Indiana are under a “slight” risk of severe weather, a level 2 out of 5.

Highs will rise into the 90s Tuesday, though heat indices across the area will make it feel as hot as 110 degrees, meteorologist Phil Schwarz said. While Tuesday’s high isn’t necessarily the hottest temperature of the year so far, she said it may be the highest heat index readings so far this year.

The National Weather Service warned that the hot and humid conditions could lead to an increased risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. The weather agency advised people to limit strenuous outdoor activities during the warmest part of the day.

“The best way to protect yourself against the heat is to drink plenty of water and stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible,” said Dr. Jennifer Satchi, chief medical officer at the Chicago Dept. of Public Health.

Cooling centers and splash pads will be available for residents to find relief from the extreme heat.

Chicago Cooling Centers

Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors are required to wear a face covering while in the cooling areas.

  • Englewood Center – 1140 W. 79th Street
  • Garfield Center – 10 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • 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.
  • Residents can also find relief in one of the city’s more than 75 Chicago Public Library locations and more than 30 Chicago Park District fieldhouses, as well as splash pads and pools at specific locations.

    High temperatures and humidity can pose a health and safety threat, officials said.

    “Check on your neighbors during extreme heat, especially if there are seniors, families with young people, people with special needs, or living alone,” said Rich Guidice, executive director of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

    The steamy day had Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Supt. Anna Koperski-Walsh on the lookout for heat-compromised bathers at the Proesel Park Family Aquatic Center.

    “People who may be looking like they are sleeping, but they will not be asleep. Individuals who have been sitting in the sun for a long period of time and haven’t moved, and anyone looking like they’re kind of ill at the moment,” she explained.

    Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Heatstroke is more serious and occurs when the body starts to lose its ability to regulate itself.

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    The telltale signs of heatstroke are:

  • An extremely high body temperature, such as 103 degrees or above
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • A throbbing headache and a pulse that is rapid and strong
  • Skin that is red, hot and dry
  • RELATED: Heat stroke vs heat exhaustion: What’s the difference and what are the symptoms?

    If you see someone suffering from heatstroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and then try to move the person into a cool place and cool the person with water.

    Tips to Beat the Heat

  • Trina Davila Center – 4312 W. North Ave.
  • Stay inside, if you don’t have air conditioning, keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
  • Keep electric lights off or turned down.
  • Minimize use of your oven and stove.
  • Wear loose, light, cotton clothing.
  • Take cool baths and showers.
  • Don’t leave anyone (including pets) in a parked car, even for a few minutes.
  • It’s important to check on family, friends, neighbors and especially our seniors…staying connected is key.
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    Source: ABC7

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