If you spent time outdoors this weekend, you got a preview of today's weather: humid and very hot. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Chicago and the surrounding area today, which lasts from 11am to 7pm. While the mercury will only rise to the lower 90s this afternoon, the heat index (a.k.a. how hot it actually feels when humidity is factored in) is projected to land between 103 and 109 degrees.
To combat the heat, the National Weather Service recommends staying hydrated, using sunscreen if you must be outside, wearing lightweight clothing and taking frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioning. Make sure to check in on your elderly neighbors and direct anyone in need of an air-conditioned place to pass the day to one of Chicago's cooling centers.
Tomorrow could be another scorcher, with a high of 90 degrees and more humidity in the Accuweather forecast. Thankfully, it looks like the city will cool down on Wednesday, when some rain showers bring the temperature back down to the 70s.
If you're out and about in Chicago today, make sure to chug some water and consider spending the afternoon in an air-conditioned movie theater instead of sweating under the beating sun.