Some students at South Dakota State University are taking drastic steps to get out of the heat.
The University has put air conditioners in dorms. They have kept the Student Union open 24-hours a day and extended the hours to Larson Commons. They are even offering to let students stay in hotels for the night.
The University says they plan on keeping a step ahead of this heat.
SDSU spokesperson Michael Lockrem says he has not seen anything like this in a very long time.
“At least in the last 25 years, we have not experienced something like this where the school has gotten started with such a heat wave or the heat indexes have been where they are at. Certainly, we have had some warm falls and warm springs, but this is unprecedented in a long time for South Dakota State University,” Lockrem said.
About half of the halls on campus don’t have air conditioning. But students say the University is providing them with water in the dorms and they are allowing some students to move into air-conditioned rooms. Some students say they are finding other places to stay overnight.
“They gave us a bunch of water and said if we had another place to go, get there pretty quickly. We went to my roommate’s brother's. He had a pretty cool air-conditioned house and spent the night there,” SDSU Freshman Michael Otamendi said.
Symptoms of heat stroke are nausea and vomiting, headache and high body temperature. If you are having these symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately.