All of northern Illinois is under a heat advisory and an air quality alert today, June 28.
The National Weather Service issued the heat advisory because temperatures are expected to reach between 100 and 105 degrees, with a heat index between 105 and 110 degrees.
"Prolonged exposure to this heat can be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken," according to the National Weather Service's Chicago office. "Sunstroke, heat cramps or heat exhaustion are possible with prolonged exposure and physical activity."
The National Weather Service advises that people should wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing, and drink plenty of water.
The heat advisory will be in effect from noon to 8 p.m.
Cooling Centers in Wilmette
Cooling Centers, if needed, are available at a variety of publically air condition building in the village including , , and the police department, according to Wilmette police.
If you need assistance related to the heat, please contact at the non-emergency number 847-256-1200.
Senior citizens that live alone without a caretaker are eligible for a senior call in program, police said. The resident is required to check-in by phone. If they do not check in a police dispatcher calls to make contact. If no phone contact is made, a police officer is dispatched to their home.
Wilmette police say not every senior living alone is part of the program and is asking residents to check in on elderly neighbors.
Air Pollution Action Day
It is also an air pollution action day, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Partners for Clean Air. The air pollution action day includes Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties.
"Ground-level ozone levels are elevated, posing a potential health risk to sensitive populations, especially individuals with respiratory or pulmonary disorders as well as active children and adults," according to the EPA. "Those individuals should take special precautions and follow their physician prescribed regimen. Residents should keep cool and limit physical activity when air pollution levels are high."