Climate Clips: A day in one of D.C.’s ‘heat islands’

In Kingman Park, the heat was especially acute. That’s because this Northeast Washington neighborhood is a “heat island,” an urbanized area with less tree coverage and green space that experiences higher temperatures than surrounding locations. When neighborhoods have more impervious surfaces, such as buildings, sidewalks, vehicles, and roadways, they absorb heat rather than reflect it. On some heat islands, temperatures can be up to 10 degrees higher than in other areas with more tree coverage. Other such neighborhoods in D.C. include Brightwood and Brightwood Park, Columbia Heights, and Near Northeast.

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