“An intense heat wave is baking Europe the last days and is expended until the last day of June, shattering temperature records across a large portion of the continent.
Actual temperatures should surge to at least 35 to 40 degrees Celsius over a sprawling area. Some locations could be even hotter, especially within cities where a “heat island” effect from asphalt and concrete increases temperatures.”
The combined effect of global climate change and rapid urbanisation is expected to make residents of urban areas more vulnerable to a range of environmental problems linked to the Urban Heat Island effect (UHI). UHI describes the temperature difference between the warmer urban climate and the surrounding non- urbanised areas.
The LIFE ASTI project focuses on the UHI effect and human health by developing and evaluating a system of numerical models that will lead to the short-term forecast and future projection of the UHI phenomenon.