At the end of last month, there was an increase in mortality in Ukraine. The reason for this could be the abnormal heat. This is stated in the forecast of Ukraine's National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
The document says that in the first half of June, scientists recorded the lowest mortality rate in six years, excluding the data on coronavirus mortality.
"Mortality rate continued to decline in June, along with a decrease in the number of deaths from Covid-19. Overall, mortality declined with levels below the 2015-2019 average as well as 2020. Therefore, the expected mortality rate in the scenario if coronavirus infection was stopped right now, probably lower than in the same period of any of the previous years, starting in 2015," the statement said.
It is noted that the situation changed at the end of June, as the increase in mortality has been observed. The scientists connected this fact with the extreme heat.
"Among the possible explanations is the direct impact of weather conditions: it is known that extreme heat can lead to significant excessive mortality," the NAS said.
As it was reported earlier, Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center told when the heat in the country will end. It is now observed due to the sedentary anticyclone that prevails in Eastern Europe. According to weather forecasters, the temperature should drop after July 20.