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Area schools cancel activities because of heat

GRUNDY COUNTY – District 54 schools have announced that all after-school activities were canceled Monday due to the heat.

The Morris elementary district made the announcement in an email Monday afternoon. Canceled activities included soccer, softball and baseball. All activities were scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

Coal City Consolidated School District announced that all events and practices scheduled immediately after school were cancelled Monday because of the heat. Any team that chose to practice outside would have to wait until 6 p.m.

Morris High School District 101 announced that football practice would be helmets only, no pads, with coaches paying special attention to the heat.

As the heat moved into the area Monday afternoon, Grundy County Health Department officials reminded area residents to take care in light of today's projected heat.

A heat advisory remains in effect from noon to 10 p.m. this evening, with the highest heat index readings of the summer expected during the day, according to a release from the department. Temperatures are expected to reach the lower to mid-90s this afternoon, with the heat index peaking between 105 and 109 degrees.

The department suggests people remain in air conditioning and stay out of the sun. It also urges residents to check on relatives and neighbors to ensure they are fairing well in the heat.

"We want to remind everyone to check for signs of health illnesses," said Phil Jass, administrator of the Grundy County Health Department. "Residents should also limit their time outside and strenuous activity."

Morris Police Chief Brent Dite said people should take precautions with the heat. If someone is concerned about a relative who may be at risk for health complications due to heat and they can't be reached by phone, an officer can be dispatched to do a wellness check.

Jass said symptoms of heat related illness include headaches, skin that is hot, an increase in body temperature, pale or flushed complexion, irregular heartbeats, fast and shallow breathing and seizures.

He also advised people to wear light-colored, loose clothing and stay hydrated, but to avoid sugary drinks, caffeine and alcohol.

Pets and children should not be kept in unattended vehicles. Friends and neighbors of senior citizens are advised to check in on them.

Anyone with heat exhaustion should move or be moved to a cool area or shade and remove any tight clothing, applying cool and wet clothes.

Area cooling shelters include Walmart as well as area libraries.

For more information, or if you need assistance, call Jass at 815-941-3113.

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