The National Meteorological Service (SMN) continues to warn of extreme heat in much of the country for Tuesday, July 31. Temperatures surpassing 40°C (104°F) are forecast for parts of the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Sonora, and Tamaulipas. Associated power outages are possible.
The current heatwave, ongoing since mid-July, has resulted in the deaths of at least 15 people, primarily in the north of the country (as of July 28).
These high temperatures could be hazardous to health, particularly for the elderly, young children, and people suffering from chronic illnesses such as cardiac issues, hypertension, and diabetes. Symptoms of heatstroke include high fever, hot, red, dry skin, headache, nausea, drowsiness, intense thirst, confusion, convulsions, and loss of consciousness.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of local weather forecasts, avoid strenuous outdoor activity, remain indoors as much as possible between noon and 16:00 when temperatures tend to peak, remain well hydrated (with sugar-free, non-alcoholic beverages), and wear loose, light-colored clothing. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if displaying symptoms of heatstroke.
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