Death of Staten Island man ruled as summer’s first heat-related fatality

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The death of a 57-year-old Staten Island man has been confirmed as the city’s first heat-related fatality of 2013.

The man died on July 8 of  hyperthermia, which is an abnormally high body temperature brought on by the heat. The man suffered from an underlying medical condition.

During the first week of July, temperatures hit 90 degrees for three consecutive days. On the day the Staten Island resident died, the high was 89 in Central Park, but the so-called “real-feel” temperature was higher.

New York is experiencing one of the longest heat waves in years, which won’t break until the weekend. Four New Yorkers died last year during an extended heat wave. But  other years have been far worse. In 2006, 40 New Yorkers died because of an extreme heat wave between July 27 and August 5.

Officials urge the public to take the threat posed by extreme temperatures seriously. Here are some hot-weather safety tips and a list of city cooling centers.

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