Area senior citizens take a break from the heat index inside the 200 S. 5th Avenue Multipurpose Building today.The building is one of several cooling centers in the area for people to get out of the scorching sun. Photo courtesy Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley.
Friday, July 17, 2015 || By Michael Romain
According to the Chicago Tribune:
“The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Saturday when temperatures are expected to be in the middle 90s but it will feel like 105 to 110 degrees.
“The advisory is for the entire Chicago metropolitan area, according to weather service meteorologist Gino Izzi.
“We’re looking for the highs to get up into the mid-90s with the heat index peaking between 105 and 110 on Saturday,” Izzi said. The heat index “essentially is what it feels like,” he said,
Another indicator is the dew point, which is expected to climb well into the 70s on Saturday, which should be mostly sunny.
One of the highest dew points ever measured in the Chicago area was during the deadly heat wave of 1995, when it hovered in the low 80s, Izzi said. “That was extraordinarily rare.”
Thunderstorms are possible Saturday night and on Sunday, when temperatures should peak in the 80s.
“It will be not be quite as hot as Sunday but still humid,” Izzi said.
Monday will be less humid, and Tuesday and Wednesday appear to be typical summer days with highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 70s.
Cooling centers near you
“As part of his Keep Cool Illinois campaign, the Governor has made over 120 state facilities available as cooling centers,” according to Keep Cool Illinois. “The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days. Tollway Oasis locations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Department of Human Services cooling centers are open during normal business hours from 8:30 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday. For more information about DHS Cooling Centers, please call the Illinois Department of Human Services hotline at (800) 843-6154 during normal business hours.”
The nearest cooling center designated by Keep Cool Illinois — listed within 5 miles of the 60153 area code — is in Melrose Park, according to the organization’s web page:
MELROSE PARK – WEST SUBURBAN
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
2701 WEST LAKE STREET
MELROSE PARK, IL 60160-3800
Distance: 1.6 Mile(s)
Here’s a partial listing of other cooling centers in Maywood:
- The Police Station at 125 S. 5th Ave.
- The Maywood Multi-Purpose Building at 200 S. 5th Ave.
- The Maywood Public Library at 121 S. 5th Ave.
- Also know that there’s nothing wrong with seeking temporary respite from the heat in air-conditioned fast food restaurants.
- And if you want to keep cool in a very fun way, there’s the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center: Click on the image below for pool information.