NEW YORK CITY — Three more people died from hyperthermia after last week's heat wave, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Tuesday.
The first person to die was a 67-year-old man in Queens on Friday, July 19, when there was a high of 95 degrees. Then on Saturday two women, 61 and 82 years old respectively, died in Brooklyn when temperatures hit 92 degrees.
Four other people also died on July 19 and 20, making a total of eight heat-related deaths this summer, according to officials.
The first death occured on July 8, when a 57-year-old man died after temperatures reached 89 degrees.
Hyperthermia occurs when a body has an elevated body temperature and the body heat-regulation systems fail.
The victims' names have not yet been released.