Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather

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"Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study analyzing over 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 countries."

"It's often assumed that extreme weather causes the majority of deaths, with most previous research focusing on the effects of extreme heat waves," says lead author Dr Antonio Gasparrini from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the UK. "Our findings, from an analysis of the largest dataset of temperature-related deaths ever collected, show that the majority of these deaths actually happen on moderately hot and cold days, with most deaths caused by moderately cold temperatures." https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150520193831.htm
Original source: Mortality risk attributable to high and low ambient temperature: a multicountry observational study. The Lancet, May 2015 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)62114-0/fulltext
 
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That finding agrees with my experience. I have lived in -50 F and lived in 118 F.

There is no question in my mind which is more dangerous. But I was surprised that so many died from a heat wave in Europe, not too many years ago. I believe it was over 10,000.
 

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