Madrid (EFE).- Without reaching the “so brutal” mortality of 2022, the extreme heat of this new anomalous summer has caused more than 1,800 deaths, although some estimates almost double that figure. “The impact of heat is not just a heat stroke, which is the least. The heat itself is a stress for the body.”
Dominic Royé, head of Data Science at the Climate Research Foundation (FIC), and one of the authors of the Summer Heat Attributable Mortality in Spain (MACE) application that he has just launched with Aurelio Tobías, told EFE. , from the Higher Center for Scientific Research (CSIC) and Carmen Íñiguez, from the University of Valencia.
The Daily Mortality Monitoring System (MoMo) of the Carlos III Health Institute quantifies 95,904 deaths since June 1, of which 1,834 can be attributed to high temperatures.
The data reflects the maximum on August 12, with 79 deaths; the latest available are from the 22nd, when the deaths attributable to heat were 68, but it must be taken into account that they are somewhat delayed and are continually updated.
According to Royé, MACE makes a “much more modern” statistical estimate than MoMo, which continues to use a methodology from the 90s that they have tried to update.
Although it has a limitation -they are already working to solve it-, and that is that it calculates mortality at the national level without taking into account geographical differences, sex groups and age, which could be leaving out many more deaths.
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