Heat Wave Will Slam Kane County This Weekend, With Heat Indices Up To 110

Heat Wave Will Slam Kane County This Weekend, With Heat Indices Up To 110

A significant heat wave is expected over the weekend and into early next week, with the intensity of the heat likely to peak over the weekend, when afternoon heat indices of 100 to 110 degrees are expected.

According to the National Weather Service Chicago, there are indications that Monday could be hotter than shown here and that the heat could possibly even linger into Tuesday. “So stay tuned for later updates to the forecast!” the NWS says.

Detailed Kane County Forecast

The NWS Chicago’s forecast specific to Kane County — latitude 41.9°N, longitude 88.25°W, elevation 758 feet — shows the temperature reaching 92 degrees on Saturday (June 16), 96 degrees on Sunday and 92 degrees on Monday.

Here’s the forecast as of 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, June 13):

  • Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
  • Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.
  • Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.
  • Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.

Additional Resources

Visit this page on the Kane County Health Department website for additional information about hot weather and heat safety.

Keep Your Pets Safe

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Health Department Advice

A watch is the second step in the NWS’ four-step “outlook, watch, advisory, warning” system designed to keep people safe during a heat emergency.

The effects of extreme heat conditions on the human body are cumulative. Follow these simple dos and don’ts to stay cool as the temperature increases:

Do:

  • Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls and libraries.
  • Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun.
  • Stay hydrated – regularly drink water or other nonalcoholic fluids.
  • Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.
  • Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothes.
  • Check on older, sick, or frail people who may need help responding to the heat.
  • Know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses.
Don’t:
  • Direct the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself when room temperature is hotter than 90 degrees.
  • Leave children and pets alone in cars for any amount of time.
  • Drink alcohol to try to stay coo.
  • Eat heavy, hot, or hard-to-digest food.
  • Wear heavy, dark clothing.

Pets can suffer from the same heat-related problems that humans do, such as overheating, dehydration and even sunburn. Your pets should always have an ample supply of cool, fresh water. If you have any concerns about your pet handling the hot weather, please contact your veterinarian.

More information about how you and your pets can cope with extreme heat is available by visiting the Health Department’s Heat page at kanehealth.com/heat.htm.

Municipal Cooling Centers in Kane County

Cooling places are public areas of safe haven when temperatures are dangerously high, and there are many located throughout Kane County.

It’s always good practice to check on your municipality’s website for a list of cooling centers nearest you, but Kane County has a spreadsheet on its website with some of the locations.