How will urban heat change in Sydney?
Cities create their own microclimates by influencing the surrounding atmosphere and interacting with climate processes. The most striking characteristic of an urban microclimate is the urban heat island (UHI) effect.
Air temperatures in Sydney are expected to increase in the future as a result of climate change and increasing urbanisation.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has released new research conducted with the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre about the future impacts of heatwaves, urban heat, storms, bushfires and changes to water storage, surface runoff and soils across NSW over the next 15-55 years due to climate change. Government agencies, emergency and health services, local councils, businesses, farmers and the community can find out how these climate impacts will affect their area and use this information in their adaptation planning.
To find out more about how climate change will affect your region of NSW and to download our summary reports visit Adapt NSW: Impacts of climate change.