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Urban heat islands fire up temperatures, day and night

Dr. Greg Pope, Earth and Environmental Studies, speaks with NJ Spotlight News regarding these heat islands

Posted in: Faculty, In the Media

map of heat islands in New Jersey; Jersey City, Newark and Elizabeth

That sort of surface — rooftops, buildings, pavement — absorbs solar energy better than other surfaces… It helps heat it up during the day, but especially heats it up more during night, when it releases that heat back to the atmosphere. So our nighttime temperatures don’t get as cool, which means that it’s easier to heat up the next morning.

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