As heat index climbs, emergency visits, deaths rise in New England

May 10, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Better known for leaf peeping on crisp autumn days and the nor’easter blizzards that follow, New England is nevertheless subject to spells of punishing summer heat and humidity. A new study that analyzed the health effects of summer weather in small to midsize population centers in three states shows that deaths and emergency department visits begin to rise significantly across the region well before the heat index hits the triple digits. READ MORE