OK, Midwesterners, time to stop complaining. It's been hotter.
I'm tempted to tell today's students that my grade school (St. George School in Tinley Park) didn't have air conditioning, and I don't ever remember being let out early because of excessive heat. Imagine 30 restless, inattentive kids and the teacher who has to keep them under control sitting in a muggy, 90-plus-degree classroom for six hours. Not fun.
But at 22, I feel like I'm not yet old enough to give the "When I was your age..." lectures, so I'll resist. Plus, I realize there are people for whom this heat really is dangerous.
The state has set up a pretty useful website at keepcool.illinois.gov to remind residents to check on their at-risk relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly, and to provide other good heat-related information.
And for those who don't have the convenience of air conditioning, the state has set up cooling centers all over Illinois. Here are a few locations in the immediate area: