JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The City of Jacksonville and the University of North Florida are teaming up to determine which parts of the city are hotter than others and are looking for volunteers.

The exact date has not yet been determined, but organizers are aiming for one of the hottest days of the summer, in June.

The campaign aims to identify local urban hotspots.

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So-called “urban heat islands” can reach up to 20 degrees higher than other places, as things like buildings and pavement can amplify these levels.

Environmentalists say extreme heat kills more Americans than any other weather event, with 600 people dying every year.

This remapping program is part of the Biden administration’s “Justice 40: Initiative,” which aims to ensure that federal agencies work with state and local communities to donate 40% of the benefits of federal investment. in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities.

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There will be two volunteers in each assigned car, a driver and a navigator with a sensor also mounted on the car. People can also do it while riding a bicycle.

Volunteers will be required to drive or travel to a particular neighborhood of their choice for one hour, at three different times of the day.

The first ride will be from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., then the second from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and finally from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. that night as the sensors will record temperatures and humidity that day.

If you are interested in volunteering for this campaign, you can register here.

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