heat wave http://northernpublicradio.org en Illinoisans in better position to battle heat wave http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinoisans-better-position-battle-heat-wave <p>Another heat wave is gripping northern Illinois this week.&nbsp; While the extreme temperatures will create difficult conditions for many residents, a Northern Illinois University professor says&nbsp;residents are&nbsp;in a much better position to prevent heat-related fatalities than was the case more than 15 years ago.&nbsp; Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:01:36 +0000 Mike Moen 14999 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinoisans in better position to battle heat wave Communities open cooling centers to combat heat http://northernpublicradio.org/post/communities-open-cooling-centers-combat-heat <p>Predicted temperatures in the 90s have prompted some local communities to open cooling sites for local residents.</p><p>The National Weather Service is predicting a high near 90 degrees today, 92 on Saturday and 86 on Sunday.</p><p>Cooling sites offer air-conditioned relief during periods of excessive heat or when an excessive heat advisory or warning is issued by the National Weather Service.</p><p>Residents are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors and family members to ensure they are safe and as comfortable as possible</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 14:49:28 +0000 Susan Stephens 13400 at http://northernpublicradio.org