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NWS: Heat is the number one weather-related killer, causing more fatalities than hurricanes, floods

Posted at 1:47 PM, Jul 19, 2019

The deadliest weather-related killer doesn't come in the form of wind, snow or rain-- but heat.

According to 2018 data from the National Weather Service, heat kills more people in the US than any other related weather phenomenon. The combination of heat and humidity can cause heat related illnesses including heat exhaustion and or heat stroke. The body has a tough time cooling itself during extreme heat.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein recommends you drink plenty of water every couple of hours while working outside.

In 2018, there were two heat related vehicle deaths in New York.

More than 130 people on average die every year because of the heat according to the National Weather Service.