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Heat Advisory Extended Through Monday

IL (AP) -- Heat advisory remains in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon to 7:00pm CDT Monday. Dangerous levels of heat and humidity will occur from this afternoon through Monday afternoon. Heat index values will peak from 100 to 107 degrees in the afternoon hours with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s and dew points in the 70s.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness. The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible. Also car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Beat the heat, check the backseat! Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 9-1-1.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and stay out of the sun. And check up on relatives and neighbors.

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Thousands Celebrate 4th Annual Pride Fest in Springfield

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 04:54 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands celebrated the 4th annual Pridefest in the Capital City this weekend.

The first one since the same-sex marriage law passed back in November.

People we talked to say it's a festival to celebrate who you are, just as you are.

People of all ages, colors, and backgrounds came out for the fest. The atmosphere was exciting and the buzz was all about pride and how far we've come.

"The thought of being able to marry my partner never occured to me when I was a teenage kid. There are couples who I know have been together for 55 years and finally, their love is going to be accepted like everybody else's love. But the greatest thing about it is, my 8-month-old baby will grow up in a world where marriage is equal."

The gay marriage bill will go into fill effect June 1. It allows gay couples to get married throughout the state.

Cook and Champaign counties have already legalized it ahead of the official date in June.

Thousands Celebrate 4th Annual Pride Fest in Springfield

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