Weather, climate and health

Published in Weather, 2016

Recommended citation: Parks RM, 2016, Weather, climate and health, Weather, Vol: 71, Pages: 194-195, ISSN: 0043-1656

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Weather and climate can strongly influence health. Short‐term weather phenomena, such as heat waves, can in the worst cases result in death. Long‐term evolution in climatic conditions may lead to a loading of the ‘climate dice’, resulting in extreme weather events becoming more common, while also shifting present spatial and temporal disease patterns. In a world of shifting weather regimes, such changes could have profound implications on public health.