Heat expected to break Monday, National Weather Service says


Patrick Murphy | Northern Star

Flowers bloom on trees in April outside of Adams and Williston Hall at NIU.

By Ashley Dwy

DeKALB — The average temperature has been 88 degrees since the start of the semester Monday, with Tuesday being the hottest day of the week at 93 degrees.

The heat is expected to break by Monday, with Monday’s projected temperature at 83 degrees. Friday will be 90, Saturday will be 91 and Sunday will be 88, said Mark Ratzer, senior forecaster for the National Weather Service at Chicago.

All dorms are air conditioned except for Neptune West. For students looking to get out of the heat, the Holmes Student Center, 340 Carroll Ave., is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 11:55 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Founder’s Memorial Library is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday.

For any DeKalb residents looking to beat the heat, there are three cooling centers in DeKalb. The DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The DeKalb Senior Center, 330 Grove St., is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hope Haven, 1145 Rushmore Ave., is open 24/7.

There are also three cooling centers in Sycamore. The Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St., is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Sycamore Center, 308 W. State St., is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Sycamore Safety Building, 535 DeKalb Ave., is open 24/7.

During hot weeks, it’s important to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen to protect from both the heat and the harmful UV rays.