Heatwaves – the silent killer

Heatwaves – the silent killer. Over the last 30 years, increasingly broiling summer heat has claimed more American lives than flooding, tornadoes or hurricanes, according to the U.S. National Weather Service. But experts say heat remains underestimated as a threat by governments, aid agencies and individuals. That’s both because it’s an invisible, hard-to-document disaster that claims lives largely behind closed doors – and because hot weather just doesn’t strike many people as a serious threat. link


Study finds that 30% of the world’s population is currently exposed to potentially deadly heat for 20 days per year or more. Without major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, up to 75% of people will face the threat of dying from heat by 2100. The 2003 European heatwave killed approximately 70,000 people. The 2010 Moscow event killed at least 10,000 people and 1995, 700 people died of heat-related causes. link

Today: Sweltering heat will build across western and central Europe throughout the summer months – Accuweather

July 2018: We have to start getting used to record breaking temperatures heating up globe.  From Siberia to Africa to North America, it’s been unusually hot. Four of six continents had a June temperature that ranked among the seven warmest Junes since continental records began in 1910. link

Death toll crosses 1,200 in 2015 Pakistan heatwave – link

2003: France’s summer heatwave killed a total of 14,800 people – BBC