University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Thursday, July 21st and Friday, July 22nd. Dangerous heat is possible on both days. Very hot and humid conditions are forecast for Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will quickly rise into the middle 90s on both days, and high humidity levels are predicted. The combination is expected to make it feel like 105⁰ to  115⁰ outdoors.

Facilities Planning, Design and Construction has prepared campus cooling systems for summer operations. However, high heat days, such as those predicted, always stress the systems and may result in higher-than-normal temperatures in our facilities. These high heat days also stress Com Ed’s electrical systems that provide power to our buildings.

We are asking faculty and staff to contact 2-6295 to report any cooling problems. We will evaluate and prioritize our responses to reported problems. We anticipate a heavy call volume, so we ask for your patience and understanding as we respond.

Faculty and staff can assist in maintaining comfortable facility temperatures by using revolving doors where present, closing windows when you can and shutting off unused electrical equipment.

Additionally, during these high heat days, faculty and staff can also protect themselves, family and others by practicing heat safety. Tips and information on heat safety can be found at

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