Italy’s health ministry announced that a heat wave in the country caused a 29 percent increase in deaths in July, especially in the 65-year-old category.
Additional mortality statistics include the actual number of deaths in excess of the expected number over a given time period.
Data from 33 major cities was analyzed, with growth in northern cities reaching 41% and in central and southern Italy 35%.
Experts from the National Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Research point out that during the first seven months of 2022, high temperatures were recorded that could be the highest in 200 years.
July was the second hottest month on record, with temperatures 2.26 degrees Celsius warmer than the average temperature since 1800.
At the beginning of August 2021, the city of Florida on the island of Sicily recorded a temperature of 48.8 degrees, which is higher than the previous record degree, which was recorded in Athens in July 1977.
Source: RIA Novosti