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Sizzling summer

BY THE NUMBERS | Sweating it out in 2022


Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Sizzling summer
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80.6° F

The coolest temperature at which thermostats were to be set in Spain, according to a July government edict aimed at reducing the country’s energy consumption and dependency on Russian gas. The European nation later relaxed the rule, allowing some establishments to employ more air conditioning as the continent struggled through one of the most severe heat waves in recent memory.

99°

The reported temperature in London on July 18 when the city’s Luton Airport canceled flights due to a melted runway.

116.6°

The temperature reported in mid-July in one Portuguese location, a new record high in Portugal for the month of July.

<10%

The share of European households with air conditioning according to a 2018 International Energy Agency report.

70,000+

The estimated number of deaths across Europe during the 2003 summer heat wave, according to an academic study.

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