Analysis of the 1980 heat wave in Memphis.

  title={Analysis of the 1980 heat wave in Memphis.},
  author={William B. Applegate and John W. Runyan and L Brasfield and Mari Lloyd Williams and C Konigsberg and C E Fouche},
  journal={Journal of the American Geriatrics Society},
  volume={29 8},
During the heat wave of 1980, average daily temperatures in Memphis first rose above the mean on June 25 and remained elevated for 26 consecutive days. In July, 1980, 83 heat-related deaths were recorded as compared to non in July 1979. Most of these deaths occurred in elderly, poor, black, inner-city residents. There was a statistically significant increase in total mortality rates, death from natural causes, cardiovascular mortality rates, and the rate for persons dead on arrival. Virtually… CONTINUE READING

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