Heat Figures Show Shocking Jump, Claims Another Victim
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - As the city finally feels a bit of relief from the heat, the numbers show how dangerous this searing summer has been.
Last summer, St. Louis city recorded 46 heat-related illnesses and just three deaths. So far this summer the figures are twice as high, with 103 illnesses and seven deaths. The latest an 80 year-old Brentwood woman who was last seen by neighbors on July 29th. Brentwood Police found her August 2nd in a home with a single unit window air conditioner that was not working.
The county saw no deaths last year, but four county deaths have been attributed to heat this summer, and illnesses have risen by 56% – from 172 last year to 269 in 2011.
According to county figures, there have been 31 days this summer under heat surveillance, while only 23 days held the same distinction over the entire summer last year. This year’s numbers aren’t set in stone yet, as the notoriously sweltering August plods along.
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