Summer doesn't begin until Wednesday.
You wouldn't know it from the weather, though. Temperatures across the Chicago area already hit 97 degrees in May. And Monday brought us the first of what could be three straight days of high temperatures in the 90s.
(Read more in today's The Courier-News: "Sticky Chicago sees first of forecast three straight days in the 90s.")
If you, like me, are built better for Chicago winters than Chicago summers, here are a few tips to stay cool from the McHenry County Department of Health:
- Always wear light-weight clothing that has plenty of ventilation (the fabric should "breathe").
- Stay well hydrated (consume an abundance of liquids in the summer).
- Exercise or schedule other strenuous activities when the heat and humidity are lowest (early morning and late evenings).
- Rest in cool, shady places frequently. If you're hot, go cool down - get indoors, drink cool liquids, enjoy the air conditioning for a few minutes or take a cold shower.
- Watch out for those at greatest risk - very young children, persons with health conditions like the elderly, pets. Certain medications may put you at greater risk of heat-related illnesses, so be aware of how medications may interact with the heat.
- Visit a cooling center. McHenry County's cooling center at the Illinois Health & Human Services Building, 2215 Lake Shore Drive, Woodstock (815-338-0234).
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