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Christine Hatfield

At Andrews Park in Rockford, the heat index is rising, so officials are letting children play near the fire hydrants.

It's part of a new series of events they call "hydrant parties." Rockford's Fire and Water Departments are working together on them. 

At the events, they connect a large specially-designed sprinkler system to a fire hydrant. The parties are taking place in cul-de-sacs and blocked off streets all around the city. They're meant to help kids have fun while cooling off. 

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In the midst of summer’s high temperatures, DeKalb, Winnebago and Boone Counties are ensuring the public is safe in times of extreme heat.

The Rockford City Market is moving many of its vendors inside the market building and under the Rockford City Market Pavilion on Friday due to the ongoing heatwave. 

The DeKalb County Health Department is sharing tips to help the public stay cool, hydrated, and informed.   

The tips include staying in air-conditioned locations, drinking more water than usual and checking local news outlets for extreme heat warnings. 

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Predicted temperatures in the 90s have prompted some local communities to open cooling sites for local residents.

The National Weather Service is predicting a high near 90 degrees today, 92 on Saturday and 86 on Sunday.

Cooling sites offer air-conditioned relief during periods of excessive heat or when an excessive heat advisory or warning is issued by the National Weather Service.

Residents are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors and family members to ensure they are safe and as comfortable as possible