The National Weather Service warned of an excessive heat risk over the weekend in a hazardous weather outlook news release Thursday.
Hot and humid conditions are expected Saturday through Monday, with peak afternoon temperatures exceeding 100 degrees daily.
The weather service warned of the risks of leaving children, pets and those with disabilities in hot cars, and also provided tips to stay cool in the coming days.
One toddler died of heat-related causes in February, the release said.
“Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia, which occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle,” the release said.
Leaving windows open does not significantly decrease indoor heat.
The younger the child, the more severe the effects of heat on their health because their bodies have not yet developed the ability to efficiently regulate internal temperatures.
Residents should slow down, stay in cool places, dress for summer, eat light and drink plenty of water to avoid heat-related issues.
The weather service also recommended that relatives check on older, sick or frail people and avoid leaving valuable electronics in hot cars.
Cooling centers are available throughout Will County for residents.
Joliet locations include MorningStar Mission, open 1 to 5 p.m. daily
at 350 E. Washington St., and the Catholic Charities Daybreak Center, open 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. daily at
611 E. Cass St. Shorewood Village Hall, located at 1 Towne Center Blvd., and the Troy Township Community Center, located at 25448 W. Seil Road are open by request only.
The Shorewood Police Department is open all day, every day at
903 W. Jefferson St.
A Channahon fire station, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at
24929 S. Center St.
Lockport offers the Central Square Building, located at 222 E. 9th St., open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, as well as the Lockport Township government building, located at 1463 S. Farrell Road, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesday when it opens from 9 a.m. until noon.
For information on locations, visit willcountyema.org/warmingcooling. Residents should call before arriving, said Anastasia Tuskey, communications director for the Office of Will County Executive.