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Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The week’s blistering heat is expected to continue today, as experts expect temperatures to hit the mid-90s and the heat index to push into the triple digits.

But an incoming cold front is expected to bring thunderstorms and lower temperatures this weekend and early next week, said Bill Nelson, an observational program leader at the National Weather Service in Chicago.

“We should have more seasonable temperatures during the weekend and for the first part of next week,” he said, adding that seasonal temperatures are in the 80s.

Despite the heat wave, northern Illinois is on track for having an average number of days higher than 90 degrees, Nelson said.

Since Thursday, Rockford has experienced 10 days this year when temperatures rose above 90 degrees.

DeKalb Assistant Fire Chief Jeff McMaster said paramedics haven’t responded to any heat-related emergencies recently. But he encouraged residents to remain vigilant for signs of heat stress, especially among children.

“Kids don’t think about heat exhaustion,” McMaster said. “They’ll keep playing until they drop.”

People affected by heat stress will be perspiring heavily, have bright red skin, be fatigued and experience general weakness. People with those symptoms should be moved to a cooler place, have their clothing loosened, and be sprayed with water or have cool, wet cloths applied.

Heat exhaustion starts when people stop perspiring, turn pale, and have an altered level of consciousness, McMaster said. Call 911 if a person has those symptoms.

Scott deOliveira, the director of DeKalb’s Hopkins Pool, said the park district has seen large crowds during the week.

“Crowds extend well into the evening hours,” he said, “when we have heat like this.”

Cooling centers

• Family Community Resource Center, 1629 Afton Road, Sycamore. 

• DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., DeKalb. 

• DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St., DeKalb. 

• DeKalb Senior Activity Center, 330 Grove St., DeKalb

• Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St., Sycamore. 

• Sycamore Police Department, 535 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore. 

• DeKalb Oasis, 2700 N. Crego Road, DeKalb.

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