Impact of heat waves on mortality--Rome, Italy, June-August 2003

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2004 May 7;53(17):369-71.


During June-August 2003, record high temperatures were reported across Europe; Italy was one of the countries most affected. To assess the impact of the summer 2003 heat waves on mortality, the Rome Local Health Authority analyzed temperature and daily mortality data for June-August 2003. This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which indicated that an estimated 1,094 excess deaths occurred during three major heat wave periods in 2003, an increase of 23% compared with the average annual number of deaths during 1995-2002. Improvements have been made in warning systems and prevention programs that target persons at high risk to reduce excess mortality during future heat waves.

MeSH terms

  • Heat Stress Disorders / mortality*
  • Hot Temperature*
  • Humans
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Seasons