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DeKalb, Sycamore cooling centers to open with heat wave expected

Forecast calls for highs in 80s and 90s for next week; heat index to reach 96 Sunday

DeKALB – The forecast calls for a heat wave to make its way across DeKalb County, with temperatures expected to reach 90 degrees Sunday and local fire departments warning residents.

Thunderstorms are expected across DeKalb County through the Fourth of July holiday, and temperatures will reach 90 degrees and remain in the high 80s throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service issued a hazardous outlook forecast for the next week, which includes limited thunderstorm risks and limited heat excessive heat risk. The heat index late Saturday into Sunday could reach 96 degrees.

Cooling centers will be available for residents in DeKalb and Sycamore through the week.
The DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The DeKalb Senior Center, 330 Grove St., is closed Saturday and Sunday but open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., according to a news release from the city.

If both centers are closed, Hope Haven is a no-turn-away shelter at 1145 Rushmoore Drive in DeKalb.

Sycamore cooling centers can be found at the Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St., Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Sycamore Center, 308 W. State St., also is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Sycamore Public Safety Building, 535 DeKalb Ave., is available seven days a week after business hours.

Heat-related illnesses can affect the young and elderly at higher rates, the release states, so residents should be aware of signs and symptoms, and always check on neighbors.

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