On July 5, 2021, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Dr. Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted by The Washington Post
Let’s take Aug. 17, 2015. It’s a random date, but the one that the D.C. Policy Center uses to illustrate the temperature gaps in D.C. That day, the official high was 95 degrees. But when a weather map homes in on the city, the hottest spots got up to 102. Waterfront areas clocked in at a comfortable 75 degrees — Beaujolais spritzer weather.
“Research shows that people tend to be more affected by a heat wave if they have a low income, if they are under the poverty line or if they don’t have insurance,” Yesim Sayin Taylor, executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, told WTOP. “These things correlate with each other and explain certain responses residents have to heat waves, especially the seniors. They don’t always understand what a heat wave might do to them.”