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03 Aug 2018 | 12:58 PM UTC

Mexico: More extreme heat forecast /update 4

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Extreme temperatures forecast again for much of the country August 3 and in coming days; take preventative measures to prevent heatstroke

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/3/2018, 12:00 AM until 8/6/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Mexico_City). COUNTRY/REGION Mexico, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Michoacan state, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas

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The National Meteorological Service (SMN) continues to warn of extreme heat in much of the country for Friday, August 3, and in the coming days. Temperatures surpassing 45°C (113°F) are forecast Friday for the northwestern states of Baja California and Sonora. Temperatures as high as 45°C (113°F) are forecast for Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas. Temperatures reaching up to 40°C (104°F) are forecast for another 16 states throughout the country. Associated power outages due to increased electricity demand are possible.

The current heatwave has been ongoing since mid-July, and has resulted in the deaths of at least 15 people, primarily in the north of the country. 


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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