A Heat Advisory is issued when 'feels like' temperatures are expected to reach or be greater than 103 degrees, or when the actual air temperature is expected to be at 105 degrees or greater.
An Excessive Heat Warning is issued when 'feels like' temperatures are expected to reach or be greater than 105 degrees, or when the actual air temperature is expected to be at 110 degrees or greater.
An Excessive Heat Watch is issued when the criteria for an Excessive Heat Warning is forecasted to be met 12-48 hours out.
We want to ensure that you remain comfortable and safe within your residence hall. With a heat advisory in effect, it's essential to take proactive steps to stay cool and hydrated. Here are some useful tips to help you beat the heat and help keep the building systems in good working condition:
Use Fans Wisely: If you have a fan in your room make sure to use it strategically. Place it near air vents to promote air circulation and continue to use it during the cooler parts of the day to help maintain an optimal 70 degree or medium setting for your air conditioner.
Keep Blinds Closed: Direct sunlight can significantly heat up your room. Keep your blinds closed during the hottest parts of the day to block out the sun's rays and maintain a cooler indoor temperature.
Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and sugary drinks, as they can contribute to dehydration.
Use Cold Compresses: Keep a damp washcloth or a cold pack in the freezer. Apply it to your forehead, neck, or wrists to help lower your body temperature.
Dress Lightly: Opt for lightweight, breathable clothing that allows your body to cool down naturally. Loose-fitting, light-colored clothes are particularly effective in reflecting sunlight and heat.
Create Cross-Ventilation: When in your room, keep your room door open and fan on if you have one to create cross-ventilation. This will encourage the flow of cooler air and help reduce indoor temperatures.
Take Cool Showers: Taking a cool shower can provide instant relief from the heat. Consider taking showers during the cooler parts of the day to help regulate your body temperature.
Avoid Strenuous Activities: If you can, avoid engaging in strenuous activities or exercising during the hottest parts of the day. Save these activities for the cooler morning or evening hours.
Utilize Campus Buildings: Consider spending time in the library, student center, or dining halls during the hottest parts of the day. These areas can provide a much-needed respite from high temperatures.