By Lauren Talarico, KHOU
If it seems hotter in your neighborhood than others, it might not be your imagination.
There are pockets in Houston that can run several degrees hotter than surrounding areas due to the Urban Heat Island Effect.
“The Urban Heat Island Effect is a human-induced phenomenon in highly urbanized city centers,” explained KHOU 11 meteorologist Tim Pandajis.
“You’ve got a lot of high-rise concrete buildings, roads, sidewalks, impermeable surfaces, that absorb and store heat and can keep the surrounding area warmer for longer. We are talking 5 to 8 degrees warmer than what you’d find outside of other areas.”