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Heat AdvisoryProtecting Health on a Warming Planet$
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Alan H. Lockwood, M.D.

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034876

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034876.001.0001

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Heat and Severe Weather

Heat and Severe Weather

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(p.39) 3 Heat and Severe Weather
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Heat Advisory
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Alan H. Lockwood

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034876.003.0003

A hotter climate means there will be more heat waves and heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, the leading causes of weather-related death in the US. Without mitigation, annual world-wide heat-related deaths may exceed 225,000 by 2050. Heat will spawn more extreme weather events such as severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Although the number of hurricanes may not increase, the moisture-laden air and warmer oceans will make those that do form more intense and deadly.

Keywords:   Heat wave, Heat exhaustion, Heat stroke, Thunderstorm, Tornado, Hurricane, Cyclone

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