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Germany: 8,700 people died from the heat in 2018

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A new study published yesterday shows that high summer temperatures in Germany caused thousands of temperature-related deaths during the period from 2018 to 2020.

This represents the first time that a significantly high heat mortality rate has been recorded for three consecutive years since these studies began in 1992.

According to (dpa), 2018 saw the second hottest summer in Germany since records began, unusually long heat periods and strikingly high average weekly temperatures.

There are estimates of the death of about 8,700 people due to heat in 2018, which the researchers note was almost the same size as the historical hot years in 1994 and 2003, which witnessed the registration of about 10,000 deaths in each of them due to heat.

In 2019, researchers estimated that there were 6,900 heat-related deaths, compared to 3,700 in 2020. In 2021 there was no significantly higher heat-related death rate.