I say it all the time. Cold kills; warmer is better.

Watts Up With That?

Australians are more likely to die during unseasonably cold winters than hotter than average summers, QUT research has found.

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From the Queensland University of Technology

Across the country severe winters that are colder and drier than normal are a far bigger risk to health than sweltering summers that are hotter than average.

QUT Associate Professor Adrian Barnett, a statistician with the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and the lead researcher of the study, said death rates in Australian cities were up to 30 per cent higher in winter than summer.

The researchers analysed temperature, humidity and mortality data from 1988 to 2009 for Adelaide Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Professor Barnett said the finding that hotter or more humid summers had no effect on mortality was “surprising”.

“We know that heatwaves kill people in the short-term, but our study did not find any link between hotter summers and higher…

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