The heat wave is coming to an end… relatively speaking. High temperatures for the next few days are still expected to hit 90 or above… but that will be 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the record-setting temperatures that have gripped Central Illinois for the past week or more. Heat index readings will also stay well below triple digits.
But dry conditions will persist. The long-range forecast has little chance of rain for the coming week.
At least ten deaths in the Chicago area are being linked to the extreme heat of recent days. In most cases, the victim had another significant health condition, and the heat is listed as a contributing factor to the death. Several other deaths are being investigated to see if heat may have been a factor.