No Watering this Down: It’s Hot Out There

June 18, 2012

Summer might not officially start until Thursday, but even if you spent the day sitting inside your Chicago real estate reading our blog online, you know Monday was a scorcher outside.

Spoiler alert: Tuesday and Wednesday are going to offer much of the same.

Relief, and some laughs, can be had at the Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millennium Park

Many Chicago residents are responding to the heatwave by jumping in Lake Michigan or one of the area pools.

Unfortunately, 12 of the city’s 50 pools remain closed as crews complete an $8 million project updating the amount of suction in drains to meet new Illinois standards.

Experts are advising residents to stay indoors anyway and out of the excessive heat.

Rain is expected on Thursday and temperatures could cool off a bit. Until then, the drought conditions and the high temperatures have forced some North Shore suburbs to implement an odd-even water schedule, which means homeowners with addresses that end with an odd number can water only on odd days of the month, and those with even addresses on even days. Some of those suburbs include Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glenbrook, Highland Park and Lincolnshire.

In those and many other Chicago-area suburbs, watering is banned during the afternoon hours.

Here’s a water-related activity that can offer you some relief: The Shedd Aquarium is providing free general admission to Illinois residents through Friday as part of its Illinois Residents Discount Days.

The aquarium, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., will extend those hours to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

One more reason to stay indoors: Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are out weeks earlier than usual due to the hot, dry conditions, which promote their development.

Experts advise using insect repellent that contains an EPA-registered active ingredient, like DEET, especially at dusk and dawn when outdoors.

Homeowners should empty standing water in such things as flower pots, buckets and children’s wading pools, make sure rain gutters aren’t clogged and holding water, and change the water in bird baths at least weekly.

For more information on West Nile Virus, visit cdc.gov.

After our mild winter and overly hot and dry spring, gotta wonder what summer has in store for us Chicagoans!

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