Adverse Weather: Orange County is under an Excessive Heat Warning

Adverse Weather: Orange County is under an Excessive Heat Warning

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Orange County from 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, July 21. An excessive heat warning means the temperature will be dangerously high for the next few days. Heat index values are expected to be as high as 113 degrees.

Facilities staff and campus safety officials are prepared to respond to emergencies as needed.

If you or someone is experiencing any signs of heat-related illness, dial 911 immediately. Signs of heat-related illness may include:

  • elevated body temperature
  • rapid heart rate
  • headache
  • nausea
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • muscle cramps
  • seizures
  • confusion

For emergency air conditioner repairs on campus, call UNC Facilities Services Customer Service line at 919-962-3456. For any power outages on campus, contact UNC Police Dispatch at 919-962-8100.

Tips for staying cool

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit your time outdoors and take extra precautions if you do need to go outside
  • Dress in loose, light-colored clothing
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these contribute to dehydration
  • Closely monitor yourself and those around you for signs of heat-related illness

For more information on excessive heat and how to stay safe, visit