Western Illinois University on Tuesday sent a press release out announcing that areas around campus have been designated as cooling centers during the excessive heat this week.
Corbin and Olson halls commons area will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. today (July 19) through Sunday, July 24 for anyone needing a place to cool off. Drinking water refilling stations are available in each residence hall.
The University Union is open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. A drinking water refilling station is located near the University Union Bookstore entrance.
Burger King is also open in the University Union from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday–Friday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Sodexo will also have food available for purchase in Thompson Hall Dining Center for the following hours Tuesday-Friday, July 19-24: 7:45-8:30 a.m. (breakfast); 11 a.m.-noon (lunch); and 4:45-5:30 p.m. (dinner) [closed Saturday–Sunday, July 23-24]. The Thompson Hall Dining Center entrance is located at the east side of the building.
In addition, the City of Macomb will open the City Hall Community Room from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday–Friday, July 21-22.
An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for all of the Tri-States Region. It will go into effect Thursday morning and last till Saturday evening. Heat index values during the peak heating hours will reach 100 to 110 at times. There will be very little relief from the heat at night as temperatures only fall to the mid to upper 70s. Make sure to drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks when working outdoors, and check on those that do not have air conditioning. If they do not have air conditioning, bring them to a cooling center where they can cool off.