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Aug 14, 2015 10:00 AM

Rhode Island researchers study link between heat, health in New England

The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Researchers in Rhode Island are working with health departments in other states to figure out if the number of emergency room visits and heat-related deaths will increase in New England if temperatures rise due to climate change.

Based on their work so far, they think the numbers will go up.

Brown University associate professor Gregory Wellenius says the National Weather Service could use the study's results to lower its threshold for issuing heat advisories and warnings for the region.

A meteorologist with the service's Taunton, Massachusetts office says they would consider it.

Warning coordination meteorologist Glenn Field says they'll listen, but they're concerned the advisories would be ignored if too many are sent out.

He says they want the researchers to meet with other New England meteorologists.


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