Area officials announced cooling centers are free and available to use for the public to beat the heat as DeKalb County swelters under continued heat indexes topping 100 degrees.
The National Weather Service has DeKalb County under an excessive heat warning until 8 p.m.Wednesday for dangerous heat.
According to the service, temperatures are expected to level out into the weekend and again rise into the upper 90s next Monday and Tuesday.
The extreme heat and humidity will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses. The National Weather Service recommends people stay hydrated with water, stay in cool in an air conditioned area, and if outside, wear lightweight, light colored and loose fitting clothes. Young children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, parts of DeKalb County reached 95 degrees, with a heat index of 104. In Chicago, temperatures climbed to 100, reaching level not recorded in the area since 2012, according to the National Weather Service.
To locate a cooling center in DeKalb, call 815-748-8460 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During weekends, holidays or after hours, call 815-748-8400.
Those needing to cool off indoors during hot days can go to the following places for free:
DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St. in DeKalb
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays
Hopkins Park Community Center, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Salvation Army, 830 Grove St. in DeKalb
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Senior Service Center, 330 Grove St. in DeKalb
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
Sycamore Center, 308 W. State St. in Sycamore
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sycamore Public Safety Building (Police Department), 535 DeKalb Avenue in Sycamore
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 24/7
Genoa Police Department (inside City Hall), 333 E. First St. in Genoa
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. City employees said that a phone number could be posted on the door that would allow community members to call dispatch to unlock the door if needed after hours.