Hot Temperature Has Highest Mortality Risk, But Moderately Cold Temperature Contributed To The Most Deaths In India

by Sze Hang Fu, Peter S. Rodriguez & Prabhat Jha

“Extreme temperatures, including cold spells and heat waves, have detrimental effects on human health. Most climate change projections foresee extreme weather becoming more prevalent. Indeed, various parts of the world have already begun to experience the impact of extremely hot weather. Much less attention has been given to the health effects of cold temperature ranges.

To tackle this knowledge gap, a recent Indian study estimated the association between extremely and moderately hot and cold temperatures with human mortality [1]. The study found that while extremely hot temperature had the highest mortality risk, moderately cold temperature contributed to the most deaths in India.”

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