SYCAMORE – Barb Ball watched as her grandson, Gavin Volanti, 7, chased his grandfather, Jim Ball, around the Sycamore Park District Splash Fountain on Thursday, enjoying the cooler temperatures before the weekend’s expected heat wave.
“It’s so weird; I thought it was going to be much hotter today,” said Barb Ball of DeKalb.
When the sun peeked through the clouds, she told Gavin, also of DeKalb, to put some sunscreen on.
“The water’s pretty warm,” Jim Ball said while his grandson climbed the rocks around the splash pad.
Thursday morning thunderstorms lowered temperatures to the mid-70s, although clouds began to clear by the afternoon, making way for sunnier weather expected to bring severe heat with it.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning at
2 p.m. Thursday which will be in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday, with heat indexes predicted to reach 115 degrees Friday and Saturday.
Temperatures are expected to be about 100 degrees Friday and Saturday, but they should slide back down to the mid- to low-80s Sunday with a 30% chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service.
Know the symptoms
Heat-related illnesses can affect the young and elderly, or people with existing medical problems such as heart disease and people without access to air conditioning at higher rates, according to the DeKalb Fire Department.
Residents are warned to stay indoors as much as possible, keeping blinds and shades drawn and fans going. People should stay hydrated by drinking as much water as possible, wear lightweight, breathable clothing and apply sunscreen generously, according to a news release from The Salvation Army.
The National Weather Service is encouraging people to know the symptoms of heat exhaustion versus heat stroke.
If you feel faint or dizzy, experience excessive sweating and have clammy, pale skin, vomit or nausea, muscle cramps or rapid and weak pulse, you might have heat exhaustion and should seek shelter or air conditioning and hydrate.
If you have a throbbing headache, nausea or are vomiting, a rapid, strong pulse, a body temperature above
103 degrees and red, hot skin but are not sweating, you might have heatstroke and could lose consciousness, at which point you should call 911 immediately.
Cooling off around town
Cooling centers will be available for residents in DeKalb and Sycamore at these locations throughout the week:
• The DeKalb Public Library,
309 Oak St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
• The DeKalb Senior Center,
330 Grove St., is closed Saturday and Sunday but open from 9:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to a news release from the city.
• The Salvation Army also is opening an additional cooling center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the DeKalb Corps Community Center, 830 Grove St., in DeKalb, according to a news release from the organization.
• 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 from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 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.