Alert: Heat wave to hit 22 Mexican states

At least 22 states in Mexico will be living under a heat wave, which could put at risk the health of people who have to go out to work, despite the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement made today by the National Meteorological Service (SMN) of Conagua.

According to the SMN, a heat wave is declared "when in a region, during five or more days, the average maximum temperature of that period is exceeded... It leads to clear skies and therefore more hours of solar radiation".

According to the report issued this morning, 22 states will be recording temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius (35°C, 95 Fahrenheit)

9 states will have maximum temperatures of 35 to 40 degrees Celsius (35 to 40°C): Colima, southwest of the State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, southwest of Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.

10 states will have maximum temperatures of 40 to 45 degrees Celsius (40 to 45°C): Chiapas, Guerrero, Jalisco, south of Morelos, Michoacan, Nayarit, Oaxaca, southwest of Puebla, Quintana Roo and Veracruz

3 states will have temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius (45°C): Campeche, Tabasco and Yucatan. On April 8, local media in Quintana Roo even reported the death of a woman from heat stroke while working on her ranch in the community of Señor in Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

If people do not hydrate themselves with natural water constantly and remain for a long time under the sun's rays without any protection (hat, cap, umbrella, etc.) the high temperatures could cause damage to their health, reports the SMN.

"A heat wave that can last for weeks causes serious health effects, from excessive tiredness and sweating to life-threatening heat stroke or sunstroke".

Historical data

Through a count made by Conagua, it is estimated that due to global warming the average temperatures have been increasing worldwide and therefore in Mexico:

From 1991 to 2000 the average temperature in Mexico was 20.9°C

From 2000 to 2010 the average temperature in Mexico was 21.3°C

From 2011 to 2019 the average temperature in Mexico was 22°C

By Mexicanist