Climate and en micro-climate

Urban areas have influence on the local weather system compared to surrounding, less built-up areas. This creates an urban heat island effect, which means that the temperature in urban areas is often higher than in rural surrounding areas. Urban green spaces are influencing this micro climate. Want to know more?

The urban heat island effect explained in a simple way

What is the urban heat island effect, how does it arise and what are the consequences?

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Micro-climate and the urban heat island effect

Urban areas often have their own separate climate and weather system (including wind speed, temperature, precipitation, humidity), which can be seen as a micro-climate. In this urban micro-climate, there is often a difference with the surrounding suburban and rural areas.

The urban heat island effect means that urban areas are often warmer than the surrounding rural areas. Warmer temperatures can be expected as the ratio of built-up areas and green areas shifts towards built-up areas.

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The effect of the urban heat island effect

Due to the urban heat island (UHI) effect, conditions in urban areas with regard to temperature and heat can worsen stress. Especially in the dry season, extremely high temperatures can occur more often.

In Suriname it is then customary to run air conditioners more often and for longer, which leads to higher electricity bills. Water consumption also increases in the warm months. Climate intensity increases the intensity of the UHI effect.

Reference- Snaprevise, United Kingdom