Urban Heat

Climate Change Impact Snapshot: Office of Environment and Heritage November 2015

Climate change is projected to increase the temperatures in Sydney. Maximum temperatures are projected to increase by 0.7°C by 2030 and up to 1.9°C by 2070. The land-use changes planned for Sydney to accommodate growing populations, jobs and housing demands have the potential to lead to further increases in urban temperatures. The converting of areas in the north-west and south-west of Sydney from forest and grasslands to new urban development may double the projected temperature increases from climate change in the near future. The changes in temperature due to urban development vary by season, with the larges changes seen in summer. The highest temperature increase from new urban developments will occur on summer afternoons and evenings.

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Level 23, 45 Clarence Street

Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

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