More than 20 thousand people died in Europe due to the summer heat of 2022

(ORDO NEWS) — Extreme temperatures over the past summer months would have been virtually impossible without the impact of the climate crisis, scientists say.

Analysis of excess mortality showed that more than 20 thousand people died in Europe in the summer of 2022 due to extreme heat. This is stated in the report of scientists from the World Weather Attribution project, reports The Guardian.

According to experts, the data is based on the difference between predicted and actual mortality rates in the summer season.

The analysis does not provide a specific estimate of heat-related mortality, but the number of deaths was on average higher on hot days than on non-heat days. The researchers excluded from the sample people who died due to infection with COVID-19.

The UK recorded 3,271 excess deaths between June 1 and September 7, up 6.2% over the five-year average.

In Spain, the Carlos III Public Health Institute recorded 4,655 heat-related deaths from June to August.

In Germany, the national health agency puts the death toll in the summer months from extreme temperatures at 4,500.

During the passage of heat waves in London, temperatures exceeded 40°C, in the south-west of France it reached 42°C, and in the Spanish regions of Seville and Córdoba they reached record 44°C.

World Weather Attribution experts noted that such high temperatures would be almost impossible without the impact of the climate crisis.

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