Universities warn of extreme heat expected in Sunday debut

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University officials have warned people to prepare for extreme heat early Sunday, as forecasters forecast record high temperatures in Boston and Worcester.

Boston and Worcester are set to break records on Sunday as temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s, according to Torry Gaucher, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Norton, who issued a heat advisory for the weekend.

Thousands of people are expected to gather for the debut at area universities on Sunday in what promises to be sweltering heat.

Tufts, Brandeis, Clark and Boston University were among the schools that posted statements on their websites advising people to be careful on Sunday.

Boston University, which will hold its debut on Nickerson Field, expects more than 20,000 people to attend the event, which will feature journalist Bob Woodward as a keynote speaker, according to its website.

The University said it would open a pair of cooling centers adjacent to the pitch from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. where people can watch live broadcasts of the ceremony. Places are limited and the university “strongly recommends” wearing masks inside the centers, according to the press release.

Brandeis University at Waltham will hold its debut inside the Gosman Sports Convocation Center beginning at 10:30 a.m., and warned in a statement posted to its website Thursday that the establishment is not air-conditioned.

“While our Facilities Services team will do everything possible to keep the air circulating and as cool as possible before and during ceremonies, you should expect the buildings to be quite warm,” the statement read.

The university has encouraged people to consider watching a live stream of the start, which will feature former Governor Deval Patrick as a speaker, if they are “vulnerable to the heat.” People should wear light clothing and masks and bring water bottles.

Tufts University will hold a two-phase start on Sunday, beginning with an academic ceremony on the campus green beginning at 9 a.m. Live in-house broadcasts from the start will be available at ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Center; Cohen Auditorium; and the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center, according to a statement. People must wear masks inside campus. The first speaker is Erika Lee, a specialist in Asian American studies.

Water fountains are located in most buildings, the statement said, and officials encouraged people to bring bottled water.

Clark University of Worcester, which holds its main opening ceremony at noon Sunday at the green campus, will also offer indoor viewing areas for visitors, according to a statement. Water will be supplied to stations on the campus green. Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the US Civil Rights Commission, is the keynote speaker.

“Be aware that while outdoor ceremonies will be tented, most visitor seating will not be covered and will therefore be exposed to the weather,” the university said on its website.


John Hilliard can be contacted at [email protected]

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