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Heat advisory issued, heat index as high as 105

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The heat is on across Illinois. The National Weather Service says it will feel like 105 degrees across parts of the state on Thursday as a heat wave continues to bake the state.

SEE: Hot, humid weather prompts heat advisory

FOX 32 News reported from Morton Grove Thursday morning with some tips to stay safe.

TIPS: Prevent heat-related illness, injury during summer heat wave

Remember to drink lots of water – even before you go outside, check on your children and the elderly to make sure they're keeping cool, keep pets inside and dress in light, cool cotton.

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There are a number of cooling centers in the suburbs and in the City of Chicago. Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday afternoon that the state has opened more than 100 cooling centers. Call 311 to find the one closest to you, or if you have any further questions about how to beat the heat.

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If you think you are experiencing a heat-related illness or injury, call 911 or a trusted medical professional to get help.

The forecast calls for highs in the low-to-mid 90s with high humidity and sunshine, which will make it feel like it's between 100 and 105 degrees. Friday should be even worse. That's when the heat index climbs to 108 degrees.

Federal weather officials say the steamy weather could cause rolling blackouts and buckled pavement.

SEE: Power outage hits hundreds, including police and fire headquarters

A heat advisory will remain in effect through Friday evening before cooler weather arrives for the weekend.

A warning from the City of Chicago: Yes it's hot - but do not open fire hydrants.

Opening the hydrants lowers water pressure for the entire neighborhood. If there is a fire, low hydrant pressure prevents firefighters from doing their job. Water management crews have responded to 518 open hydrants since Tuesday.

Police said if you see an open hydrant, call 311 to report the location and what you see. If you see someone in the act of opening one, call 911.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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