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Sixty seconds on . . . killer heatwaves

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 07 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5903
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

That’s an inflammatory headline!

Yes, but that is kind of the point. You may remember that when temperatures were rising this summer the media started warning us that a “deadly” heatwave12 was “claiming victims”3 like some sort of serial killer. The Office for National Statistics has now looked into whether the data back up the headlines.4

Could they shed any light?

Well, the ONS says that England and Wales have seen some of their hottest summers …

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