Short-term effects of extreme hot summer temperatures on total daily mortality in Barcelona, Spain

Aurelio Tobías, Patricia García de Olalla, Cristina Linares, María J. Bleda, Joan A. Caylà, Julio Díaz

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The summer of 2003 was exceptionally hot, leading to an excess of mortality in Europe. Here, we assess the short-term effects of extreme hot summer temperatures on total daily mortality in Barcelona (Spain). Daily mortality from burial records, maximum temperature, relative humidity and photochemical pollutants, were collected for the period 1999-2003. Data was analysed using Poisson regression with generalised additive models. Mortality shows a considerable increase when maximum temperatures are over a threshold temperature of 30.5°C. The risk of death associated with an increase of 1°C above the threshold was 6%, 7% and 5% after 1, 2 and 3 days, respectively. Exposure to extreme hot temperatures leads to an significant increase in mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-117
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Biometeorology
Volume54
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

Keywords

  • Heatwave
  • Temperature
  • Time-series
  • Total mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Short-term effects of extreme hot summer temperatures on total daily mortality in Barcelona, Spain'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this