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Heat advisory issued until 10 p.m.

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A heat advisory is in effect with triple-digit temperatures possible Wednesday afternoon in the Chicago area and city officials want people to take it easy.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for northern Illinois and northwest Indiana that went into effect at 11 a.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. The advisory means hot and humid weather which could cause illness.

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The National Weather Service said highs on Wednesday afternoon could reach from 96 to 103, and the top end of that range would break the record for July 25 of 101 set in 1940. As of 11 a.m. the temperature was 82 at O'Hare and 84 at Midway.

Heat indexes between 104-109 are expected, with high humidity, the weather service said.

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications is stressing the need for extra precautions against heat-related injuries.

"Heat can have a serious effect on one's health," Gary Schenkel, OEMC executive director, said in a statement Wednesday morning.

"The City of Chicago continues to advise the public of the dangers of extreme hot temperatures and its' impact on our families, pets, lifestyle and activities. Taking the necessary precautions each time is critical to preventing a weather-related emergency," Schenkel said.

Residents are encouraged to avoid going out in the heat, especially around mid-day, and if they do, to wear loose, light-colored clothing and hats with brims. People should "slow down and avoid or minimize physical exertion," OEMC recommends.

Residents are encouraged to check on neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled, or to call 311 for well-being checks or rides to cooling centers.

All city parks, public pools and beaches are open, though Evanston residents may need to travel a little farther for a dip in the lake.

The Evanston Health Department announced Wednesday morning that all beaches are closed due to high levels of E. coli bacteria. Evanston residents can call (847) 859-7822 or check the city website for updates on when beaches will reopen.

Meteorologists are predicting a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms Wednesday night and Thursday, and temperatures are expected to drop into the low to mid-80s for the remainder of the week.

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