Deadliest heat wave
2010 heat wave
56000 people
Russian Federation ()
In 2010, the climate in the northern hemisphere summer was dominated by a series of freak heat waves that proved the most devastating in Russia, where up to 56,000 people died as a result of overheating, droughts, forest fires and smog. Among the victims were thousands of people who drowned during the summer as those with heatstroke - and drunk swimmers - took to pools and rivers to cool down. Russia experienced its highest ever temperatures on 11 July 2010, when the mercury reached 44.0°C (111.2°F) in the southern republic of Kalmykia.