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Hot weather continues today

Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 7:11 a.m. CST
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(Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Sisters (left to right) Caden, 9, Camryn, 8, and Cira Lee, 5, wait out a lightning delay during a hot day Thursday at Sunset Pool in Geneva.

A heat advisory issued Thursday continues through the end of the day today as hot weather is expected to bring temperatures in the upper 90s with heat index values of up to 109 degrees.

A heat advisory is in effect until 7 tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to upper 90s, but the humidity will make it feel more like 103 to 109 degrees.

Traci Wicks, the Geneva Park District’s marketing supervisor, said attendance at Sunset Pool in Geneva has increased with the hot weather, and they’re encouraging lifeguards to take more breaks. She said they’ve also been giving them popsicles to keep them hydrated and boost their electrolytes.

Chris Bong, superintendent of streets for the city of Geneva, said street workers still are staying busy in the heat, but they’re taking steps to avoid overheating. He said that because it was hot, street employees started their shifts an hour early Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday was the first time this year that workers had shifted their schedules because of the heat.

“Usually, once or twice a summer we have to do this,” he said. “It really helps the guys out to come in early. It’s at least one hour less of being out in that heat.”

Bong said, for now, they’re avoiding using hot asphalt to patch potholes, and instead are doing some prep-work to fill potholes when the weather’s a little cooler.

Some relief appears to be in sight over the next few days.

Today’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, and that chance increases to 50 percent before 1 a.m. Saturday.

Temperatures are expected to drop to a high of 85 Saturday, and they’ll likely drop even lower, to a high of 79 degrees Sunday.

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