Heatwaves

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Report

Urban trees and people’s yards mitigate extreme heat in western Adelaide: final summary report

This study assessed the effects of trees and other vegetation in people’s yards at reducing day time and night time heat during an extreme heatwave event in Western Adelaide.
Journal article

Urban heat island and overheating characteristics in Sydney, Australia. An analysis of multiyear measurements

It has become increasingly important to study the urban heat island phenomenon due to the adverse effects on summertime cooling energy demand, air and water quality and most importantly, heat-related illness and mortality. The present article analyses the magnitude and the characteristics of the urban...
Journal article

Increased frequency of and population exposure to extreme heat index days in the United States during the 21st century

The National Weather Service of the United States uses the heat index—a combined measure of temperature and relative humidity—to define risk thresholds warranting the issuance of public heat alerts.
Report

Killer heat in the United States: climate choices and the future of dangerously hot days

This analysis provides a view of how extreme heat events caused by dangerous combinations of temperature and humidity are likely to become more frequent and widespread in the United States over this century.
Guide

Heatwave guide for cities

This guide offers urban planners and city authorities an authoritative summary of the actions they can take to reduce the danger of heatwaves, which are defined as a period of time when temperatures, or temperature in combination with other factors, are unusually high and hazardous...
Journal article

Drivers and barriers to heat stress resilience

Highlights Population heat stress resilience was surveyed in Adelaide The empirical benefit of heat stress resistant buildings to health was confirmed Air-conditioning decreases passive adaptation but not necessarily health problems Introducing a Building Energy Performance Certificate was recommended Pre-existing health conditions and tenancy predict higher...
Journal article

Integrating climate change into meteorological weather data for building energy simulation

Current and newly built buildings will inevitably experience the effects of climate change, therefore, the design and performance of these buildings should consider weather data that includes some of the effects of climate change, instead of only using historical weather data. However, climate change weather...
Fact sheet

Mitigating urban heat with green spaces

As cities grapple with the impacts of heatwaves, exacerbated by the urban heat island effect and amplified by climate change impacts, green spaces can cool urban areas, as well as provide health and wellbeing benefits to city dwellers and habitat for biodiversity.
Journal article

Global, regional, and megacity trends in the highest temperature of the year

This paper analyzes the observed highest temperatures that occur every year at nearly 9000 stations, and how they are changing over time and especially over the past 50 and 30 years. This research found these short-term heatwaves to be increasing in most places, especially Eurasia and...
Conference paper

Assessment of heatwave impacts

The frequency and intensity of urban heatwaves (UHWs) have been growing worldwide due to climate change and the exacerbating effects of urban heat islands (UHIEs). UHWs have many negative impacts, including excess negative health outcomes (e.g. morbidity), energy (consumption and peak demand) and water consumption...