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What are urban heat islands?

In recent survey, Boston ranks 6th for the intensity of its heat islands

In some of Boston’s heat islands, conditions are so oppressive that on the hottest days, residents are more likely to experience heat stroke, asthma, and in some cases, death.



THEY SIGNIFY ABOUT THE ONGOING CLIMATE CRIS?IS WE BEGIN OUR REPORTING TONHTIG WITH STORMTEAM 5 METEROLOGIST CINDY FITZGIBBON. ♪ CINDY,: COUGHING UNDER A TREE, CHILDREN WATCH IN WONDER. THESERE A SCENES FROM THE JUNE 2021 HEAT WAVE AS RESIDENTS ARSECH FOR WAYS TO COOL OFF. >> FATIMA IS A LONG TIME NOT HA VE HAD RESIDENT. IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD AS LONG AS JAMAICA PLAIN SAID ROXBURY, THE SUN’’ RAYS AND IMPACTS ARE UNAVOIDABLE. >> OUTSIDE, EXEMELTRY HOT. THE TEMPERATURE INSIDE BECOMES EXTREMELY HOT FOR MANY PEOPLE. IT IS HARD TO SUFFER LIKE THAT. CIY:ND IT MAY NOT LOOK LIKE IT, BUT FATIMA AND HER NEIGHBORS IN MATTAPAN LIVE ON AN ISLAND. ACCORDING TO THE EPA, URBAN HEAT ISLANDS ARARE EAS THAT EXPERIENCE HIGHER TEMPERATURES. THIS IS TO IARMPT TO STRUCTURES SUCH AS BUILNGDIS AND ROADS THAT ABSORB THE SUN PROSECUTE. NEIGHBORHOODS — SUN POSSE. PROHIBITS LIKE THIS BECOME ISLANDS OF HOT TEMPERATURES. ONOT H DAYS, MATTAPAN, ROXBURY DAN CHINATOWN CAN BE E ONTO SEVEN DEGESRE HIGHER THAN LEE FEAR NEIGHBORHOO.DS THE PHENOMENON OF HEAT ISLANDS WILL ONLY TGE WORSE AS BOSTON CONTINUES TO WARM FROM CLIMATE CHANGE. >> BACK IN THE DAY, WE HAD TO CONVINCE PEOPLE TO CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL. NOW WE ARE LIVING THE REALY.IT MIKE: REVENDER HAMMOND AS BOSTON’’ CHIEF OF ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND OPEN SPACE. JUNE0 2 WTHA — JUNE 2021 WAS THE HOTTEST. >> WE HAD 10 DAYS OVER 90 DEGR EES. MY WHOLE LIFE, THAT NEVER HAPPENED. AS A K, WEID WOULD PRAY WE WOULD BE ABLE TO WEAR SUMMER CLOTHES IN SEPTEMBER. NOW WE WEAR SUMMER CLOTHES INTO NOVEMBER. THIS ARE SIGNS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAPPENG INRIGHT NOW. MIKE: A RECENT REPORT BY CLIMATE CENTRAL RANKS BOSTON SIX IN THE COUNTRY FOR THE INTENSITY OF HEAT ISLANDS BUT TIED WITH CHICAGO AND MIAMI. >> WE HAVE SEEN TWO DEGREES FAHRENHEIT THROUGHTOU THE U.S. WHAT THAT MEANS IS HOTSPOTS ARE GETTING EVEN HTER.OT THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE BUT LI NKED ISSUES. URBAN HEAT ISLANDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE ARE INTERRELAD TEBECAUSE AS THE CLIMATE CHANGES, HEAT ISLANDS WILL GET HOTTER. MIKE: EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF BOSTON LIKE CLIMATE READY BOSTON COME AGREED ROOTS AND LOCAL RESIDENTS SPEAKING OUT. >> WHATEVER WE DO NOW, THOSE WHO ARE STLIL HERE FOR 50, 60, 100 YESAR WILL EITHER BE ABLE TO LIVE HERE SAFYEL WITH GOOD HEALTH, OR THEY MAY NOT. SHAYNA: HIGH TEMPERATURES CAN PRESENT CHALLENGES FOR THE CITY’S INFRASTRUCTURE. MI:KE IF YOUR AREA IS HOT, YOU’VE GOT TO RUN THE AIR CONDITIONER MORE, WHICH MEANS MORE POWER OUTAGES. THINK ABOUT THE ROADS, WE’VE SEEN WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SUMMER WHEN THE ROADS GET HOT. UYO GET BUCKLING. NOW, INCREASED TRAFFIC. EVEN RAILS BECOME A PROBLEM BECAUSE RAILS CAN BUCKLE. HEAT ISLANDS HAVE MORE IMPLICATIONS THAN JUST BEING UNCOMFORTABLE, IHAT S A LOT ON INFRASTRUCTURE. SH

In recent survey, Boston ranks 6th for the intensity of its heat islands

In some of Boston’s heat islands, conditions are so oppressive that on the hottest days, residents are more likely to experience heat stroke, asthma, and in some cases, death.


The Environmental Protection Agency defines heat islands as urban areas that experience higher temperatures than outlying areas.

The Environmental Protection Agency defines heat islands as urban areas that experience higher temperatures than outlying areas.

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