HEAL, the Health and Environment Alliance, has gathered comprehensive data and resources demonstrating the impacts of heat waves on human health. Climate change leads to an increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events, including heatwaves. In June and July 2022, many European countries, such as Portugal, Spain, France and the UK, witnessed record temperatures above 40°C. Researchers have recently warned that Europe is the continent with the highest vulnerability for heat-related impacts of climate change. In 2019 alone, almost 345,000 people over 65 years old died after exposure to hot weather.
Heat waves: a major health threat
Sep 13, 2022