In brief

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 09 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:828

Deaths rose during heat wave: A total of 15 187 people died in England and Wales during August's 10 day heat wave—2045 higher than the average for the same period in the last five years. The daily number of deaths peaked at 1691 on 11 August, but the average number of deaths each day is still higher …

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