According to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS): “Between 7 and 18 July 2022, inclusive, excess mortality was observed in Portugal (mainland and islands), corresponding to a total of 1,063 deaths”.

The DGS also recalled that since July 6, there have been very high air temperatures, with a red weather warning for hot weather, the highest on the scale, having been issued for most districts in mainland Portugal.

“Extreme air temperatures, such as those seen in recent days (maximum and minimum), have a known potential impact on health, as a consequence of dehydration or decompensation of chronic diseases, among other factors”, warned the DGS. , who recalled that high air temperatures are generally associated with periods of higher mortality than expected for the time of year.