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updated: 7/1/2011 12:11 PM

Elgin cooling center opened

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Daily Herald staff report

With temperatures predicted to hit near 100 today, Elgin has activated its cooling center in the lobby area of the police department, 151 Douglas Ave.

Should there be a need, the backup cooling center is the Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way.

The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat watch and predicts oppressively hot weather for today.

Residents planning out being outdoors are encouraged to dress in light colored- clothing and drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic fluids. Experts also recommend limiting exposure to the sun and spend some time cooling off in air-conditioned places.

For details, call Elgin Police Department non-emergency at (847) 289-2700.

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