It looks like relief from the extreme heat is in sight. The National Weather Service shows temperatures will drop into the mid-to high 80's in most parts of Central Illinois as next week rolls in. In the meantime, people are still urged to take extreme caution and drink plenty of water during 100-degree weather today.
Kids and the elderly are the most susceptible to heat related problems including heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. John Peipert, Director of Emergency Services at St. Anthony's Hospital in Alton, describes some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion.
He says to help keep cool, don't over exert yourself and drink plenty of water even if you aren't outside very much. Local emergency rooms say even with the extended heat wave, they have not seen an increase in heat-related illnesses.