Heat Island Effect, Roosevelt Blvd Subway, Things to Do

Philadelphia has declared a heat health emergency due to oppressive temperatures that could feel like a hundred degrees. We’ll talk about extreme heat and efforts to fight it.

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A hydrant is open at Reese and Cumberland streets

A hydrant is open at Reese and Cumberland streets on June 21, 2021. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Climate Central just released its analysis of heat intensities in 44 cities across the country — and like many of them, temperatures in Philadelphia’s urban core are hotter than the surrounding suburban and rural areas. We’ll talk about extreme heat and the heat island effect with Kaitlyn Trudeau, senior research associate at Climate Central, which led the study, and Jamile Tellez Lieberman, Senior Vice President of Community Engagement, Research & Health Equity at Esperanza, which is looking for solutions to excessive heat in some of Philly’s hottest neighborhoods.

We’ll hear from Jay Arzu, a doctoral student of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, with the latest on the Roosevelt Blvd Subway extension.

The latest tips for your weekend from WHYY’s Tonya Pendleton.

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