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How to Beat ‘Oppressive’ Chicago Heat

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on August 22
Families at Crown Fountain in Millennium Park in 2022

Families at Crown Fountain in Millennium Park in 2022. (Vincent D. Johnson / Xinhua / Getty)

Temperatures could feel as high as 115 degrees this week. Here’s what to know and how to stay safe.

Inside the Danger

The National Weather Service warns that “oppressive and dangerous heat” is expected around Chicagoland through Thursday as highs could reach nearly 100 degrees and feel even hotter.

What CPS Families Should Know

The district said 99% of buildings had air conditioning as of last week, but failed to specify how many classrooms had air conditioning, according to the Tribune. And classrooms without were supposed to be provided portable AC in time for the first day of school.

A Chicago cooling center

A Chicago cooling center. (Tim Boyle / Getty)

How Chicagoans Can Stay Safe

Chicagoans should stay inside, remain hydrated, wear loose cotton clothing, and minimize oven and stove use. Residents can take shelter at:

When Will the Heat Pass?

A cold front is expected Friday, but could come Thursday. Possible thunderstorms along Lake Michigan could also help the heat pass.

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