​​Extreme Heat Information

Link to National Weather Service Forecast for:
Aurora, IL
Elgin, IL

Helpful Information:

Kane County Cooling Centers
Preparing Kane Heat Wave Flyer
Heat FAQs
Hot Weather Emergencies
Extreme Heat Tips
Extreme Heat FAQs
Extreme Heat Warning Signs
Red Cross Heat Wave Check List
Weather Underground Website look up weather forecast by zip code

Air Quality Info:

Poor air quality often occurs during high heat days. Current air quality index information can be found here.
 
Watch for Air Pollution Action Days posted on our Home Page
A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health 

The Kane County Office of Emergency Management, Kane County Health Department, and Kane County Animal Control Department monitor potential extreme heat conditions in the County and will take action based on extreme heat alerts issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).
 

During Advisory or  Heat  Warning Conditions follow this advice:

DO:

  • Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls and libraries
  • Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air
  • Take a cool bath or shower
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun
  • Stay hydrated – regularly drink water or other nonalcoholic fluids
  • Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads
  • Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothes
  • Check on older, sick, or frail people who may need help responding to the heat
  • Know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses.

DON'T:

  • Direct the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself when room temperature is hotter than 90°f
  • Leave children and pets alone in cars for any amount of time
  • Drink alcohol to try to stay cool
  • Eat heavy, hot, or hard-to-digest foods
  • Wear heavy, dark clothing.

Keep cool with these additional tips:

  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals in your body. Do not take salt tablets unless under medical supervision.
  • Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella.
  • Limit sun exposure during mid-day hours and in places of potential severe exposure such as beaches.
  • Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car.
  • Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave water in a shady area.

During a heat event -- check on your relatives, neighbors, and loved ones who are elderly or chronically ill to make sure they are managing.