JOLIET – The first heat wave of the year comes this weekend with at least three straight days of 90-degree weather and likely more.
The forecast is greeted with glee by some and warnings from others.
The city of Joliet announced Thursday that its cooling shelters will be available in a news release that also warned of potential heat-related stress and wellness.
At Splash Station Waterpark, Aquatics Superintendent Blaine Kline is anticipating another big weekend at the Joliet Park District facility.
“It’s been the best year for us numberwise,” Kline said, noting that the Splash Station opening on June 2 was greeted with a weekend of hot, dry weather. “We had about 2,500 people in three days.”
Kline expects another big weekend and more with temperatures expected be in the 90s and 80s into next week.
“The pool’s open. We’re ready,” he said. “I don’t see anything deterring them for the next seven days.”
But it’s not all fun in the sun as temperatures rise.
“The city of Joliet reminds residents to take precautions to ensure their health, safety, and well-being during days of high heat and humidity,” the city noted Thursday in a news release advising hot-weather precautions.
Locations where residents can seek shelter from the heat include: Louis Joliet Mall; Illinois Department of Unemployment Services at 45 E. Webster St.; Illinois Rehabilitation Services Center at 1617 W. Jefferson St.; and other public places.
Hot and humid conditions increase the risk of heat-related stress and illness, particularly for people who are very young or elderly or participating in strenuous outdoor activities, the release said.
Seniors are advised to contact local agencies on aging or call the Illinois Department of Aging Senior Help Line at 800-252-8966 for assistance in locating senior centers and other buildings that serve as cooling centers.
Children and pets should not be left in parked cars, which can reach lethal temperatures in the heat, the release said.
The city also cautioned that opening fire hydrants is against the law.
Anyone in need of assistance because of extreme heat should call 9-1-1, the release said.