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Scorching heat wave heading for Chicago area, beginning Sunday

Taylor Lev6 Chicago accompanied by her mom KarLev(not pictured) enjoys water Nicholas J. Melas Centennial PlazFountaas Chicago finds ways keep

Taylor Levin, 6 of Chicago, accompanied by her mom, Kara Levin (not pictured) enjoys the water of the Nicholas J. Melas Centennial Plaza and Fountain as Chicago finds ways to keep cool as the city prepares for a hot weekend on Friday, July 15, 2011 in Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 18, 2011 3:39PM

The longest stretch of uninterrupted heat so far this summer is set to smother the city, beginning Sunday.

Expect about a week of sizzling temperatures, mostly in the lower to mid-90s, according to the National Weather Service. And don’t expect much of a respite at night, when the lows are predicted to fall only into the upper 70s.

And with the heat index (the mix of heat and humidity) expected to top 100 degrees next week, it’s a good idea to take the usual precautions: Drink lots of fluids; stay out of the sun; avoid excessive exertion.

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