A pervasive myth in Australia is that hot weather is the greatest danger to our health. In reality, it’s more likely cold weather will kill you.

For all our concern about the dangers of heatwaves, simple analysis of mortality data suggests the cold months present a much greater health risk.

Almost 7% of deaths in Australia from 1988 to 2009 were attributable to cold weather, according to an international study reported in The Conversation. Less than 1% of deaths were attributable to heat.

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