Extreme Heat: Cooling curtailment continues through Wednesday night; precautionary measures encouraged
Posted: Wednesday, June 12th, 2019, 3:27 pm PDT
Peak temperatures this afternoon, Wednesday, June 12, on the main Stanford campus are forecast for 92 degrees, which is 5 degrees above this morning’s forecast of 87. We will continue the current curtailment through this evening and tonight. With forecasted temperatures expected to fall to a high of 78 on Thursday, which is just above the normal range, we expect to ease curtailment throughout the day.

During the curtailment period, cooling will be maintained in hospitals, life safety areas, classrooms with finals, and venues where large events are taking place such as the Arrillaga Alumni Center, the Traitel Building, the Gunn-SIEPR Building and Bechtel Conference Center.

Cooling will remain off in all other buildings on the university’s chilled water system. Laboratories, offices, classrooms not holding finals, dining halls and kitchens are affected, as are residences Jack McDonald Hall, Munger Graduate Residence and Schwab Residential Center. Other dormitories don’t have cooled water and thus are not affected. Building managers will be contacted by their zone or facilities operations managers to provide further information.

Managers should continue to encourage precautionary measures and have discussions with employees about alternate work arrangements if needed, such as working from a cooler location nearby, telecommuting, flexible work schedules, or, if necessary, other options as appropriate during times of excessive heat.

Staying hydrated is particularly important during a heat wave. Drink plenty of water during the day and look out for each other by encouraging your colleagues to drink extra water, too. Wearing cotton clothing can also increase your comfort during excessive heat.

The university continues to appreciate the campus community's patience with this curtailment. An update will be posted on emergency.stanford.edu Thursday morning or before should there be any changes that affect the campus.