Heat is the number one weather related killer. That is why so much emphasis is placed on how to stay safe during hot weather. Heat related fatalities out number floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined.
In a normal year about 175 people die from heat during the summer. During a national heat wave in 1980 at least 1,700 people died. In Chicago a heat wave from 1995 killed nearly 750 people. Also in 2003 a record heat weave in Europe took 70,000 lives.
If you do not have air conditioning in your home you are urged to go to a cooling center during times of excessive heat.
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