No more warning, but heat still feels excessive
July 17, 2006 (Last Updated: 7:24 PM) (WLS) -- A heat warning was in effect again Monday across the Chicago area. It was a record-setting day of dangerous heat. ComEd says the city used more power Monday than any other day. Temperatures soared above 90 degrees, and with the humidity, it felt a lot hotter.
Everyone is urged to take extra precautions to avoid complications from the heat, especially the elderly and the sick. But the summer sizzle is creating particular concern for people who have to be active in these extreme temperatures.
Monday night in Evanston, Gay Games participants are keeping cool during a diving competition. But earlier in the day the heat caused problems at other events. At least two athletes and one volunteer collapsed because of the high temperatures.
About 11,500 athletes from nearly 70 countries are participating in the Gay Games. Officials have tried to reach all of them by email and text messaging. They are telling the athletes to bring extra water and to take a break from the sun when necessary. Officials have cooling centers or tents set up at all the locations.
"There is a nice little breeze. As long as everybody stays hydrated, we'll be okay," said Lesley Anderson, softball player.
"We did a major delivery and call on all of them to bring enough hydration for themselves and the people they are playing so in case a truck were to break down or some other kind of delivery were delayed, no one would be unsafe," said Kevin Boyer, Gay Games spokesman.
Across Chicago, everyday athletes tried to beat the heat by getting their workouts in early.
"Get out and get back, so I'm not going to talk long before the sun gets hot. Drink a lot of water," said Mary Maxwell, Chicagoan.
Other people have no options when going to work means spending time outdoors. Construction crews working on roads and buildings throughout the area do not get a break today
Chicago authorities say they fielded thousands of calls over the weekend as residents sought ways to keep cool in the scorching summer heat. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications says the city's non-emergency 3-1-1 line received nearly 8,000 calls related to Sunday's heat.
About 1,000 people have taken advantage of the cooling centers throughout the Chicago area.
Hot From Coast to Coast
The heat wave stretches from coast to coast. From New York to Las Vegas -- temperatures soared in the nineties and beyond on Monday.
It's a Heat wave that extends nearly from coast to coast. Excessive Heat Warnings and Advisories are in effect from Arizona to Connecticut.
While all of us can be affected by the heat, it's especially tough on those who have to work in it.
"You get to the point where you feel like you're going to pass out. But you keep going. You drink plenty of fluids and keep going," said Iron Worker David Lewis.
"Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated. You don't want to dehydrate and then you would end up passing out. You don't want that to happen," said Iron Worker Daryn Fleming.
The intense heat is being caused by a large ridge of high pressure in the upper atmosphere keeping the jet stream primarily up in Canada. High today will be well into the 90's to low 100's across most of the country.
Just like Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City have opened cooling centers for those who don't have air conditioning.
Even up in Massachusetts temperatures are near the century mark. Lots of people are staying cool in any way they can.
While somewhat cooler air will overspread the Midwest on Tuesday much of the East will continue to simmer.
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