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Urban areas of King County feel heat waves the most, study finds

Published on June 29, 2021

Sidewalk with trees lining the edge.
Mature street trees provide shade and lovely canopy. Image Credit: SDOT CC BY-NC 2.0

Areas of King County with more paved landscapes and less tree canopy are feeling the heat more intensely than less urbanized areas, according to a new study from King County and the city of Seattle.

More urbanized areas were as much as 20 degrees hotter due to an abundance of hard surfaces like parking lots, rooftops and streets which absorb heat, according to the study. Many of the areas disproportionately impacted by heat in King County are the same areas that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Originally written by Helen Smith for King5. 
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