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Some Illinois schools closing early in heat

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Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN -- Schools in some central Illinois towns will close early as high heat and humidity continue to linger across the state.

The National Weather Service on Monday issued heat warnings for all of Illinois except the extreme northern counties.

With highs in central Illinois expected to reach the mid-90s and heat-index readings forecast well above 100 many schools that lack air conditioning planned to send students home early. They include schools in Decatur and smaller towns such as Bement, Monticello and Tuscola.

Similar weather is forecast for most of Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Human Services has opened cooling shelters across the state for people who don't have access to air conditioning.

The weather service says dangerously hot weather will return Tuesday before temperatures fall back on Wednesday.

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