Over 1,100 people have died in Spain and Portugal from heat-related causes over the past week as an unprecedented heat wave moves through Europe.
Driving the news: The ongoing heat wave could last a total of several weeks and has been accompanied by wildfires in France, Spain and Portugal, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.
- Severe heat waves are of particular concern in Europe as they can often prove extremely deadly due to air conditioning being less ubiquitous than in the U.S.
- A complete death toll likely will not be available for weeks or more due to the difficulty in counting excess deaths in a heat event.
The big picture: According to Spain’s Carlos III Institute there were 510 heat-related deaths in the country from July 10 to July 16.
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SOURCE: Axios, Ivana Saric and Andrew Freedman
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