Three New Heat-Related Deaths Add to City's Summer Toll

By Jess Wisloski on July 22, 2013 5:06pm 

 Three people died on July 19  and 20, after a week-long heat wave struck the city.
Three people died on July 19  and 20, after a week-long heat wave struck the city.
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NEW YORK CITY — Three deaths over the span of two days added to the city's count of fatal exposure to high temperatures, according to the medical examiner's office.

A woman, 81, died in Manhattan on Friday, July 19, marking the second heat fatality of that day, which reached a high of 95 degrees.

On Saturday, two perished in the 92-degree heat — a woman, 83, in The Bronx, and an 88-year-old man on Staten Island, the ME's office said. All came at the end of a week-long heat wave, which ended Sunday.

Officially, the victims all died of hyperthermia, which sets in when the body's ongoing elevated temperature causes temperature regulation systems to fail and can eventually lead to death.

The other heat-related deaths occurred July 8 in Staten Island and July 19 in Brooklyn.

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