Children in Back of the Yards play in water from a fire hydrant during 100°F temperatures in Chicago on the first day of summer, June 21, 2022. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — The city is under a “significant excessive heat risk” Thursday as temperatures are expected to climb to nearly triple digits, according to the National Weather Service.

Dangerous heat is expected throughout the Chicago area Thursday and Friday, with much of the area under excessive heat warnings or heat advisories, the National Weather Service said early Thursday.

Temperatures Thursday are forecasted to top out at around 96 degrees, while Friday could see a high of 97 degrees, the weather service said. Combined with humidity, the heat index could reach as high as 110 degrees.

There is a chance of thunderstorms rolling through the area Thursday night. The storms could help drive down temperatures but are also capable of producing heavy rainfall, hail and winds up to 60 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

Storms are also expected Friday afternoon, which could break the heat spell in Chicago, the weather service said. Saturday has a forecasted high of 89 degrees before temperatures drop further Sunday and into next week.

Chicagoans can beat the heat by walking into one of the city’s six cooling centers, a Park District field house or any Chicago Public Library.

Cooling centers are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during the week, with the exception of Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Ave, which is open 24 hours a day.

The locations of cooling centers are below:

  • Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th St.
  • Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove  
  • North Area Center, 845 W. Wilson Ave.  
  • South Chicago Center, 8650 S. Commercial Ave.  
  • Trina Davila Center, 4312 W. North Ave.  

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