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20 Aug 2018 | 01:15 PM UTC

Mexico: Extreme heat forecast August 20

Mexico News Alert

Extreme temperatures forecast for much of the country August 20; take measures to prevent heatstroke

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/20/2018, 12:00 AM until 8/23/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Mexico_City). COUNTRY/REGION Mexico, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Michoacan state, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas

Event

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) is warning of extreme heat in much of the country for Monday, August 20. Temperatures surpassing 45°C (113°F) are forecast Monday 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 17 states throughout the country. Associated power outages due to increased electricity demand are possible.

This heat could continue into the coming days.

Context

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.

Advice

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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