Heat Waves

The French funeral directors say 10,000 people died in a two week summer heat wave. The government's reports are anything from 1600-5000. The highest makes France's death rate 1/100th of a percent of the population.
Spain, 1000
Portugal 1300 and Portugal instituted heat wave emergency measures after 1900 people died in 1981.
Italy 2000

Chicago, IL 1995, 5 day heat wave, brought 700 heat-related deaths in the city.

Been reading lots about the heat wave on the net. People here (US) are saying, get A/C. But when Texas had a heatwave (80 or 81), the social services were giving away a/c's and fans and people were not taking them, for whatever reason. The Europeans tend to have a thing against a/c because to them it equals recirculated air, which means recirculated germs. So it probably wouldn't work there either.

Plastic on the Heatwave
isteve on the heatwave Read down to August 14th right sidebar.
BBC on the heatwave

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Morbidity and Mortality