Researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) found the maximum surface temperature of green artificial turfgrass was approximately 69 degrees F higher than that of irrigated natural grass, and 62 degrees F higher than air temperature. The study, which was conducted between August 2006 and March 2007, recorded maximum surface temperatures as high as 169 degrees F, or 46 degrees higher than what previous research has determined to be the threshold for safe extended use. What’s more, the study did not record data during the two hottest months of the year.

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