The Philadelphia Department of Health said Monday that the death of a man in his 70s in West Philadelphia on Saturday was attributed to the heat. No other details were provided.
This is the city’s first heat-related death of 2019. By comparison, during July 1993 in Philadelphia, the medical examiner’s office determined 118 deaths were heat-related, the CDC reported. And officials in Chicago reported two heat-related deaths over the weekend, bringing that city’s total to three for the year.
By Emily Rolen
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has confirmed a heat-related death in the city’s West Philadelphia section. A man in his 70s was found dead on Saturday.
In 2011, 35 people died from heat-related causes in Philadelphia, the largest number of such deaths in the last 10 years. That’s a decrease from the 1990s which saw 361 deaths over the decade, said James Garrow, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Health.
By Ximena Conde