By Katie Watkins, Houston Public Media
Houston is one of 13 cities that will take part in a federal program this summer to map out temperature “hot spots.”
Run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the project aims to create a heat map for the city and identify how temperatures differ by neighborhood.
Dense areas with fewer trees and more concrete tend to be hotter than other parts of the city. Past studies have shown temperatures can vary up to 20 degrees in one city — and that low-income communities of color tend to bear the brunt of the heat.