Not only does it retain the heat longer, but the mere presence of man-made objects and surfaces will often keep those areas warmer throughout the night, thus having warmer low temperatures than the surrounding rural areas. Often, you'll see MemphisWeather.net provide a certain low temperature in our forecast, then also include a cooler low for "outlying areas" or the "suburbs." Now you know why! We understand the effects of the urban heat island, and now you do too!
|The urban heat island is easy to spot in these 8:15pm temps around the Memphis metro.|
While the airport and midtown and still in the 80s, temps are as much as 10-14 degrees cooler in outlying areas.
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