UK weather: There were hundreds of extra deaths on the hottest day of the year, figures show

There were 1,500 deaths in England and Wales on 25 July, figures show – about 300 to 400 more than the average in recent years.

The ONS said statistics show there are more deaths during winter months than summer months, even when extremely high temperatures are factored in.

The mean temperature for meteorological summer, which covers June to August, is now between 16C to 17C (60.8F to 62.6F), up from 14.3C (57.7F) in 1919.

An ONS summer heatwave report in 2010 stated there were seven extra deaths above the mean for every 1C rise in temperature.

In September, France’s health minister confirmed that two heatwaves over the summer had led to an additional 1,500 deaths – 567 during the first heatwave in June, and 868 during the second in July.

The average number of deaths reported increased by 9.1% over the period, with more than half aged over 75.

French officials said preventative measures meant there was a drastically lower number of deaths in comparison to a heatwave in 2003 that killed 15,000 people.


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