NEW YORK CITY — A 57-year-old man became the summer's first heat-related death last Monday, the Medical Examiner ruled.
The man, whose identity was not immediately released, died of hyperthermia on July 8th when temperatures reached a high of 89 degrees, the Medical Examiner's office said Wednesday.
Hyperthermia occurs when a body has an elevated body temperature and the body heat-regulation systems fail, which can lead to death, according to the U.S. Department of Health.
The city's currently in the third day of a week long heat wave, with temperatures expected to climb to a high of 95 degrees on Wednesday.
The official cause of death was hyperthermia due to elevated environmental temperatures.