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Climate, Volume 7, Issue 7 (July 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Local climate change and urban heat islands (UHIs) increase the ambient temperature in urban areas [...] Read more. Local climate change and urban heat islands (UHIs) increase the ambient temperature in urban areas compared to the surroundings, with a more noticeable increase in the daily minimum temperature. The diurnal temperature range (DTR) is the difference between the daily maximum temperature and the minimum temperature, and appears to be a suitable index of climate variability due to climate change and UHIs. This study provides a coherent picture of the variability of urbanization and several meteorological parameters over a period of 30 years for a suburban and an urban station in Nicosia, Cyprus, and shows their effect on variations in DTR. The clustering analysis revealed that DTR is lower when precipitation occurs and at higher net longwave radiation, low–medium water vapor, cloudiness over six oktas, and low minimum temperatures. View this paper.