DeKALB – The forecast calls for a heat wave to make its way across DeKalb County, with temperatures expected to reach 95 degrees Friday and local fire departments warning residents about the heat.
Thursday and Friday are expected to kick off the impending heat wave, with temperatures predicted to be in the mid-90s and remain in that way through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service issued a hazardous outlook forecast for the end of the week, which includes limited thunderstorm risks and significant heat risk. The heat index late Saturday into Sunday could reach 105 degrees.
Cooling centers will be available for residents in DeKalb and Sycamore at the following locations throughout 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 Center, 308 W. State St., open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Salem Lutheran Church,1145 DeKalb Ave., open from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 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.