Heat waves and cold waves that caused the most fatalities in the United States from 1900 to 2016*

Fatality numbers from heat waves and cold waves in the U.S.from 1900-2016 This statistic shows a list of heat waves and cold waves experienced in the United States from 1900 to 2016, by the number of fatalities that occurred as a result. In the deadliest event on record, around 1,260 people lost their lives as a result of a heat wave in 1980 in Missouri and Tennessee.
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Type, Year, LocationNumber of fatalities
Heat wave, 1980, Kansas City, Missouri, St Loius1,260
Heat wave, 1936, Illinois1,193
Heat wave, 1995, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois670
Heat wave, 1999, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin257
Heat wave, 1983188
Heat wave, 1966, St Louis, Missouri182
Heat wave, 2006, California164
Cold wave, 1963150
Heat wave, 1998, Arizona, Florida, Colorado130
Heat wave, 2012, Washington DC, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina107
Type, Year, LocationNumber of fatalities
Heat wave, 1980, Kansas City, Missouri, St Loius1,260
Heat wave, 1936, Illinois1,193
Heat wave, 1995, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois670
Heat wave, 1999, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin257
Heat wave, 1983188
Heat wave, 1966, St Louis, Missouri182
Heat wave, 2006, California164
Cold wave, 1963150
Heat wave, 1998, Arizona, Florida, Colorado130
Heat wave, 2012, Washington DC, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina107
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This statistic shows a list of heat waves and cold waves experienced in the United States from 1900 to 2016, by the number of fatalities that occurred as a result. In the deadliest event on record, around 1,260 people lost their lives as a result of a heat wave in 1980 in Missouri and Tennessee.
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Release date
November 2016
Region
United States
Survey time period
1900 to 2016

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