Authors: De Troeyer K, Bauwelinck M, Aerts R, Profer D, Berckmans J, Delcloo A, Hamdi R., Van Schaeybroeck, B, Hooyberghs H, Lauwaet D, Demoury C, Van Nieuwenhuyse A
Summer temperatures are expected to increase and heat waves will occur more frequently, be longer, and be more intense as a result of global warming. A growing body of evidence indicates that increasing temperature and heatwaves are associated with excess mortality and therefore global heating may become a major public health threat. However, the heat-mortality relationship has been shown to be location-specific and differences could largely be explained by the most frequent temperature. So far, in Belgium there is little known regarding the heat-mortality relationship in the different urban areas.