Heatwave Briefing

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The summer of 2022 has seen record temperatures in Dudley, as elsewhere.  But what effect have heatwaves had on the number of people dying in the Borough?  This new Heatwave Briefing report looks at some of the evidence.

Deaths and illness associated with unusually hot weather in the UK are a recognised effect of climate change: periods of extreme heat have already coincided with some of the largest peaks in death rates in Dudley. The report looks at the number of heatwave days and estimated excess death on heatwave days since 2012 in Dudley, as well as the heatwave of 2022 and who is at risk from heatwaves.