• Work on this briefing will begin in February 2024. We will be accepting stakeholder contributions until early April 2024.
  • More information on how to contribute to POST research is available in our guidance for contributors.

Population exposure to extremes of heat and humidity is increasing due to climate change. Globally, extreme temperature events are increasing in frequency, duration and magnitude. The Climate Change Committee forecasts that heat-related deaths in the UK will increase by 250% by 2050. Five heat periods in 2022 caused a spike of excess deaths above average, on each day of the 2-week July heatwave.

This briefing will describe what data can tell us about the health impacts of heat, in the context of changing climate, on population health. It would also outline which groups are most vulnerable and the public health actions that can be taken to minimise the impacts on them.

Work on this briefing will begin in February 2024. We will be accepting stakeholder contributions until early April 2024.


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