Jul 4, 2015 11:40 AM

This Day in History: Record heat waves strike N.E. in 1911 kills 380 people


On this day in 1911, a record-breaking heat wave hit New England and killed 380 people.

History.com writes, in Nashua N.H. the heat reached 106 degrees Fahrenheit, and the heat wave continued over 11 days. The most affected areas were from Pennsylvania to Maine and New York City was hit hard.

The New York City Health Department put out its first heat advisories and the mayor of the city had to make sure ice dealers could keep up with ice deliveries needed for refrigeration.

By July 11, 211 people died in N.Y., and in Philadelphia, about 159 people had died. The cause of death for some was heat stroke; others drowned while trying to cool off swimming. Still others died when trains derailed from the heat bending the rail lines.

The heat wave came to an end with a thunderstorm that killed five people.

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