Heat advisory issued as sweltering hot weather moves in

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An excessive heat warning will be in effect from noon today until 10 p.m. Monday for Livingston and other area counties.

The heat index is unlikely to drop below 90 degrees in Chicago Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service's website.

The National Weather Service defines a heat wave as three or more consecutive days with temperatures reaching 90 degrees or higher.

After another warm night heat index values are once again expected to be hot on Sunday afternoon reaching over 100°. While waiting for emergency assistance, move the victim to a cooler environment reduce body temperature with cold bath or sponging.

The heat wave is now forecast to last through July 4 - at least.

Make sure to also check on any elderly neighbors as well as any kids and pets to make sure they are okay in the heat.

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Sunday will likely be the hottest day of our potentially long heat wave as highs approach 100 degrees, maybe falling just a degree or two short in some spots.

There also may be a slight cool down in temperatures during the back half of next week, but overall not much relief.

Consecutive days of risky heat and humidity will bring an increased risk for heat-related illness. Wednesday and Thursday will come down slightly to 92 degrees, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms both days. Highs will be in the low-90s with heat indices going over 100° away from Lake Michigan. And there is no immediate reprieve from the heavy heat and humidity.

The cooling properties of a fan only work if your skin is wet. Victims of this illness should be treated in the same ways as those with heat exhaustion but do not give fluids. If someone has these symptoms, you should call 9-1-1 immediately and take action to keep that person cool until help arrives. The state recommends staying inside in air-conditioned buildings and avoiding strenuous activity to decrease the risk of heat-related illness.

Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

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