The Waukegan Public Library, located at 128 North County Street in Waukegan, is one of 13 locations throughout Lake County with cooling centers amid near-record high temperatures. | Photo: Google Street View

Cooling centers are available throughout the day at 13 locations in Lake County amid near-record high temperatures on Tuesday.

The summer solstice occurred earlier Tuesday morning, marking the start of summer.

Near-record high temperatures in the upper 90s to around 100 degrees are expected on Tuesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Heat-related illnesses can develop in less than 30 minutes after strenuous outdoor activity.

Cooling centers at 13 locations are open throughout Lake County:

  • Zion Benton Public Library, 2400 Gabriel Avenue in Zion, open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Zion Park District Leisure Center, 2400 Dowie Memorial Drive in Zion, open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday
  • Zion City Hall, 2828 Sheridan Road in Zion, open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Illinois Department of Human Services, 2000 North Lewis Avenue in Waukegan, open 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Patricia A. Jones Center, 414 South Lewis Avenue in Waukegan, open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Waukegan Public Library, 128 North County Street in Waukegan, open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday – Sunday
  • Wauconda Township Hall, 505 West Bonner Road in Wauconda, open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center in Vernon Hills, open 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Lake Forest Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road in Lake Forest, open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. seven days a week
  • Dickinson Hall, 100 East Old Mill Road in Lake Forest, open 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Avenue West in Highland Park, open 5:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Highland Park Police Department, 1677 Old Deerfield Road in Highland Park, open 24 hours seven days a week
  • Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Avenue in Highland Park, open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. seven days a week
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Weather officials said people should limit strenuous outdoor activities and sun exposure.

Children and pets should never be left in unattended vehicles.

Those outside should drink plenty of water, apply sunscreen regularly and dress in lightweight and light-colored clothing, the NWS said.

A cold front is expected to move through the area Tuesday evening, which should drop temperatures and bring relief for the end of the week, the NWS added.

A map for all 13 locations in Lake County with cooling centers is available here. Residents are recommended to call each facility to ensure they have available capacity and resources.