July 8, 2022

Heat Wave—The Deadliest Weather Event—Blankets NC

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

A heat wave this week across most of North Carolina has the potential to harm many people, especially those who can’t afford air conditioning or those who work outdoors. Ashley Ward, senior policy associate at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, explained to North Carolina Health News that part of the reason that heat is so deadly is because you can't see it.

“Heat kills more people than any other weather-related event,” Ward said. “When I look out my window today, and it’s going to be 100 degrees outside, it looks exactly the same as when I look out my window and it’s 85 degrees outside.”

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