DeKalb prepares for the hottest days of summer

By Tony Osborne

DeKALB | From today until July 29, the Northern Illinois area will experience stifling heat due to a high-pressure system moving into the area.

Temperatures will be steadily in the 90s all week, with Wednesday through Friday’s high temperatures reaching upwards of 99 degrees. With 50 percent humidity, this will make the temperatures seem much higher, between 103 and 110 degrees, said NIU Staff Meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste.

Sebenste said to be wary of the sun during these high temperatures.

“In terms of sunburn, the worst times of the day are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” Sebenste said. “The worst times of the day as far as temperatures are concerned, between noon and 6 p.m. are the most dangerous times to be outside.”

However, there are ways to avoid falling victim to the dangerously hot weather. The Center for Disease Control gives tips on its website. These tips include drinking more fluids regardless of the amount of exercise, refraining from drinking alcoholic beverages, staying indoors around an air conditioner and wearing light colored clothing.

One of the biggest factors that people do not understand is that electric fans will not help you prevent heat illness.

Senior communications major Brett Agoos said he will take it easy during the heat hours and stay as cool as possible.

“I suppose I will be enjoying the swimming pool a lot this week,” Agoos said.

The city also offers cooling centers around DeKalb that citizens can go to as a retreat from the heat. These cooling centers are located at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St., DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., and DeKalb Senior Center, 330 Grove St.

Sebenste urged residents to stay cool this week.

“Get to someplace cool like a swimming pool or air conditioning,” he said. “The worst will arrive by Wednesday.”