This summer, extreme heat in Europe has broken long-term temperature records. The weather has affected not only people’s health but also mortality rates, and according to experts, the Netherlands was hit the worst. According to the national statistics agency of the Netherlands, 2,964 people died between July 22 and July 28, which is 400 people more than average, so we can associate an increase in mortality with the heat. Most of the deaths occurred in the country’s east, temperatures were higher and the heat lasted longer than in other regions. Two-thirds of all deaths were among people aged 80 years and older.
Moreover, the mortality rate is comparable to that of 2006, when the Netherlands also experienced extreme heat. According to experts, in the future, such heat waves will be observed more often and will become a common phenomenon.