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Heat advisory in effect, residents take precautions to keep cool

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The July heat just won't go away. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for most of Illinois.

The weather service is forecasting that the hot, sticky weather should last through Wednesday.

Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications is advising city residents to take precautions to avoid heat-related emergencies and illness. Executive Director Gary Schenkel says people should check on the elderly and the disabled to determine their wellbeing.

The extreme heat comes as Illinois' corn crop wilts due to drought conditions in the state.

The Illinois Farm Bureau says it's the sixth driest year on record so far.

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The extreme heat comes as the Illinois' corn crop wilts due to drought conditions in the state.

The Illinois Farm Bureau said it's the sixth driest year on record so far. The average precipitation of the first half of the year was 12.6 inches. Much of Illinois' corn and soybean crop is suffering.

Temperatures soared 10 to 20 degrees above normal Monday, reaching a stifling 97 degrees at O'Hare Airport.

The record temperature for Tuesday is exactly 100 degrees, set in 1940.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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