Deaths from July Heat Wave Rise to 11; 3 Victims in their 30s

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012  |  Updated 11:38 PM EDT
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Four more deaths from last month's eight-day heat wave have been ruled heat-related, including three people in their 30s.

The announcement from the city medical examiner Friday brings the total of heat wave deaths to 11.

All of the people whose deaths have been ruled heat-related had underlying health issues, the ME said.

The latest determinations were for a 30-year-old woman in Queens, a 36-year-old woman in Brooklyn and a 33-year-old man in Brooklyn. There was also a 64-year-old woman in Brooklyn.

The cause of death in all four cases  was "hyperthermia due to exposure to high environmental temperature with underlying conditions," the ME said.

Officials do not release names or additional information.

The previous deaths were mostly elderly people, but also a 10-year-old girl.

A death toll of 11 exceeds the 2010 hyperthermia total by one death.  In recent years, the largest numbers of hyperthermia deaths occurred in 1999 when more than 40 people died due to heat-related causes.

Temperatures during the eight-day heat wave that ended July 24 set records around the region, hitting 104 degrees in Central Park and 108 in Newark, N.J., on the hottest day.

There were scattered power outages throughout the area, but no widespread blackouts.

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