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noun

an urban area having higher average temperature than its rural surroundings owing to the greater absorption, retention, and generation of heat by its buildings, pavements, and human activities.

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Origin of heat island

First recorded in 1960–65
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heat-island

noun

meteorol the mass of air over a large city, characteristically having a slightly higher average temperature than that of the surrounding air
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