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Weather Alert: Hot, Windy Days Ahead—Plus Some Advice to Beat the Heat

The National Weather Service has a wind advisory in place, and it's supposed to get into the 90s, so here's a little advice on how to stay cool. There's a good chance of thunderstorms Wednesday night and later in the week.

The National Weather Service for the Wheaton area has issued a Wind Advisory and Hazardous Weather Outlook, forecasting blustery and hot conditions for the next few days.

The NWS-Chicago says there's a chance of thunderstorms at the back end of the week.

According to the NWS-Chicago, we're looking at highs of 94, 95 and 91 for Monday through Wednesday. The DuPage County Health Department has issued a press release with tips on how to keep cool, which are included below.

A Wind Advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. Monday, with winds of 30 to 35 mph and gusts of up to 50 mph. That's hazardous for "high profile vehicles."

"Motorists should be alert and use caution," the NWS says.

Keep cool with these hot tips

The DuPage County Health Department reminds residents of important health tips they can follow to ensure their time spent outdoors this summer is safe and comfortable. Here are some tips from the Health Department to stay cool:

  • Always wear light-weight clothing that has plenty of ventilation – the fabric should “breathe.” Stay well hydrated; always ensure you consume an abundance of liquids in the summer. 
  • Exercise or schedule other strenuous activities when the heat and humidity are lowest, usually 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.
  • Eat light, heart-healthy foods to replace minerals and nutrients that may be lost. Give your heart a little extra break during the summer months with a healthy diet.
  • Watch out for those at greatest risk such as very young children, the elderly, persons who may have health conditions. Certain medications may put you at greater risk of heat-related illnesses so be aware of how medications may interact with the heat.

Be on the lookout for these potential risk factors when spending any time outside during periods of extreme heat and humidity:

Dehydration — Dehydration occurs when more water leaves the body that you put back in. Stay well hydrated throughout the day and drink extra fluids when exercising or simply being outdoors on hot days.

Heat exhaustion — Symptoms may include: headaches, weak pulse, rapid pulse, excessive sweating, dizziness, and in some instances fainting, clammy skin, chills, cold, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps or very fast or very shallow breathing. If you suspect you have heat exhaustion, take action immediately to cool down. If possible, immerse yourself in cool water.

Heat stroke — Unlike heat exhaustion, victims of heat stroke have warm skin that is dry to the touch because they’ve sweated out all their extra water leaving the body’s natural cooling system without a key cool-down mechanism. High fever, severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, and a strong, rapid pulse all accompany heat stroke. Victims may become confused and can lose consciousness. Heat stroke is a very serious condition. Cool the victim and seek immediate medical assistance. More information about the effects of heat on your health is available by visiting the heat page on our website.          

SOURCES: National Weather Service—Chicago and DuPage County Health Department

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