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290 people die in heatwaves over past 30 years

HEATWAVES have claimed more than 290 lives in Ireland over the past three decades, yet climate change may mean a higher death toll in the future, writes Louise Hogan.

Professor Pat Goodman, one of the authors behind the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) backed study 'Extreme Temperatures and Mortality in Ireland', warned the analysis found that in the "future more severe heatwaves" may result in a higher loss of life.

Seven heatwaves during the past 30 years in Ireland, particularly the temperatures in the summers of 1983 and 1984, were linked to 294 deaths.

Irish Independent