After three consecutive days of triple-digit heat, weather forecasts say Chicago can finally expect some relief Saturday.
National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Carbin told The Huffington Post that a cold front is sliding east across the country, bringing slightly cooler weather and likely some rain that will break the heat in the Midwest.
WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling wrote in his Chicago Weather Center blog that winds could reach 30 mph, but not before the heat index reaches towards 105 degrees. An extreme heat warning is in effect for the Chicago area until 4 p.m. Saturday.
Highs registered at 103 degrees on Thursday and Friday, just two degrees shy of the city's highest recorded temperature in history, set on in July of 1934.
The heat led to the cancelation of all regularly scheduled Chicago Public Schools summer classes and sports activities Thursday and Friday, and has contributed to at least six deaths across Cook County as of Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Area residents are encouraged to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly and others susceptible to the extreme conditions. Those without air conditioning are urged to go to a cooling center -- such as a public library or police station -- to help them beat the heat.