Baltimore Ranks Ninth In Country For Highest Heat Index Scores

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Climate Central study this period has among the highest Heat Index Scores successful the country.

The 7.08 Index Score rates Baltimore City ninth nationally meaning the metropolis whitethorn beryllium up 7 degrees warmer connected average. The study cites gathering tallness and impermeable aboveground arsenic captious components.

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“It’s not surprising. It’s besides an aged city, right? So, a batch of these aged buildings were not built to unrecorded successful the clime we person now, right?” Dr. Elizabeth Dahl of Loyola University Maryland said. “[Tall buildings] whitethorn beryllium shading the aboveground somewhat, but the [cut] vigor they’re absorbing from the prima is giving disconnected vigor to the surrounding spaces.”

An investigative report from 2019 showed McElderry Park was the hottest vicinity successful Baltimore City.

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“It’s excessively blistery to beryllium retired here, for real. Even for kids. It’s 80-something degrees astatine night. That’s serious,” Warren Hawkins said Tuesday successful McElderry Park. ‘Look, determination ain’t nary trees. It’s a wide-open area. Nothing but sun.”

Dr. Dahl, who tracks Baltimore aerial prime successful real-time, said the metropolis needs to summation its trees to little its Heat Index Score.

“Get much thoroughfare trees and besides preserving the spaces we have,” Dr. Dahl said. “Making streets shady, which would marque it easier for radical to locomotion from spot to place.”

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Research shows coating your extortion achromatic tin trim the vigor land effect by not trapping that star radiation.

Paul Gessler

Paul comes to WJZ aft a little hiatus successful the video accumulation world. He worked six years astatine WBFF successful Baltimore aft stops successful Fort Myers (Fla.), and...More from Paul Gessler

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