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Winter weather and health

There has been much debate about whether winter warming due to climate change will substantially decrease mortality in that season. Research now finds that cold severity no longer predicts the number of excess winter deaths in England and Wales.

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Figure 1: Detrended data showing the year-to-year variation in excess winter deaths compared with the number of winter days below 5 °C.


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Huang, C., Barnett, A. Winter weather and health. Nature Clim Change 4, 173–174 (2014).

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