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Hot, humid weather continues in Chicago with "feels like" temps topping 100

Hot and humid stretch continues in Chicago
Hot and humid stretch continues in Chicago 02:10

CHICAGO (CBS)-- The heat wave continues in Chicago after record-breaking temperatures on Monday.

Tuesday's highs will be in the 90s, with heat indices in the triple digits. A stray storm is possible during the afternoon.

A "heat dome" of high pressure is trapping hot temperatures over parts of the Midwest and Northeast. It's why highs are expected to be in the 90s at least until Sunday.

Experts said people should avoid outdoor activity if possible, and take precautions to stay safe.


Hot and humid conditions continue for several more days. 


By Sunday, highs drop to the mid-80s. 

At O'Hare International Airport, the high reached 97 degrees Monday afternoon, beating a record of 96 degrees in 1957. At Midway International Airport, the high also reached 97—beating a record of 96 in 1987.

Experts said people should avoid outdoor activity.

Dr. Julie Holland, vice president of pediatric primary care at Advocate Children's Hospital and the Chicagoland Children's Health Alliance, said outdoor activity should be limited to early in the morning or evening when temperatures will be lower.

The World Health Organization warns that extended periods of high daytime and nighttime temperatures cause cumulative stress on the body—raising the risk of illness and death from heat exposure.

Heat stress is a leading cause of weather-related deaths and can also worsen conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental illness, and asthma, the WHO reported.  

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