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Hazy, hot humid: Illinois sizzles for another day

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The scorching heat the city saw Monday is expected to continue through Tuesday.

While the National Weather Service has not issued a heat advisory for the Chicago area, temperatures could reach 94 degrees Tuesday afternoon, with a heat index between 98 and 103 degrees, the weather service said. The heat will not break the 1973 record high of 97.

The weather service is also predicting a chance of strong thunderstorms resulting from the hot and humid conditions for Tuesday evening, which could include heavy downpours, cloud-to-ground lightning and hail up to one inch in diameter.

The storms are expected to develop over central Wisconsin and could pass through portions of Northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Several suburban school districts are closing schools or releasing students early on Tuesday because of the heat.

Taft School District 90 in Lockport will dismiss students at 1:30 p.m., according to the district website. Waukegan Public School District 60 and West Aurora School District 129 will also dismiss students early; while Meadowview and Woodview schools in Grayslake will be closed on Tuesday because of the heat and humidity.

Conditions are expected to cool down slightly for the rest of the week, with highs of 84 in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.

Cooling centers are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Department of Human Services locations throughout the city.

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