Mexico finds itself in the hot seat as a relentless heatwave grips the nation. The mercury has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels, leaving the population sweating bullets and setting new records for maximum temperatures. This sizzling news was revealed by none other than the esteemed Alejandra Méndez Girón, the general coordinator of the National Meteorological Service (SMN).
During a weekly gathering of the Technical Committee for the Operation of Hydraulic Works (CTOOH), Méndez Girón dropped the bombshell, announcing that the country was in the midst of its third heatwave since June 1. Not only that, but she emphasized that these scorching conditions were far from normal, thus deserving the lofty title of "abnormal." Brace yourselves, as this wave of relentless heat is projected to hold its sweaty grip for at least another two days.
If you thought this was just another heatwave, think again. The average maximum temperature across the entire nation this month has surged to a blistering 34.8 degrees Celsius. This marks a substantial increase from the previous years, with 2019 and 2020 peaking at a mere 34.1 and 33.5 degrees Celsius, respectively.
The record-breaking heat doesn't stop there. Our dear country has witnessed historical temperature records being obliterated. Ciudad Victoria in Tamaulipas reached a staggering 47.4 degrees Celsius on June 19, leaving its residents contemplating the existence of the term "shade." Meanwhile, Guadalajara in Jalisco sizzled at a toasty 40.5 degrees Celsius on June 13, while Durango, Durango experienced a scalding 40.3 degrees Celsius on June 14. As if that wasn't enough, even Mexico City's Tacubaya Observatory got in on the action, notching up a sweltering 33.6 degrees Celsius on June 15.
However, amidst this heat-induced chaos, tragedy struck in Tamaulipas. Three unfortunate souls fell victim to the unforgiving clutches of heatstroke, succumbing to its blistering wrath. Though details remain scarce, it is a stark reminder of the dangers lurking amid this unprecedented heatwave. Additionally, a high school student in Ciudad Victoria finds themselves battling for their life after being hospitalized with a severe case of heatstroke.
In other news, Mexico finds itself grappling with a pressing issue of an entirely different nature. The country has witnessed a staggering influx of refugee applications, ringing alarm bells across the nation. Over five months, a whopping 63,462 applications have been received. If this upward trend persists, it is projected that the number of applications will skyrocket past 150,000 by the end of 2023. The National Commission for Refugees (Comar) has urged authorities to be on high alert and formulate strategies to address this surge.
In a tragic turn of events, Reynosa mourns the loss of a woman cab driver, who was discovered brutally beaten to death on a desolate dirt road. The heinous act allegedly involved sexual assault, leaving the community in a state of shock and mourning. Our hearts go out to the victim's family, and we hope that justice is swiftly served.
Meanwhile, Mexico City's mayoral candidate, Claudia Sheinbaum, has made waves with her bold promises of continuity. After scrutinizing the social programs initiated by her predecessor, AMLO, she firmly denounced her opponents, accusing them of attempting to halt the country's transformative "4T" agenda. Undeterred by naysayers, Sheinbaum pledges to add her unique touch to carry forward the mission.
On a different front, President AMLO himself has declared war on transgenic white corn. He has revealed plans to sign an agreement that mandates tortilla factories to exclusively use non-genetically modified organism (GMO) white corn. Furthermore, he intends to impose tariffs to curtail the importation of the controversial crop. With this move, AMLO aims to protect our corn heritage and ensure the purity of our beloved tortillas.
In a surprising twist of personnel changes, AMLO has appointed Luisa María Alcalde, the former Secretary of Labor, as the new Secretary of the Interior. This shake-up seeks to bring fresh perspectives and invigorate the workings of the government.
Troubling news emerges as the Federal Tax and Administrative Court (TFJA) finds itself facing a shortage of magistrates. The Mexican Bar Association has taken legal action, filing an injunction to compel the appointment of the vacant positions. With only 12 out of the required 16 magistrates currently in place, the TFJA faces a formidable challenge in maintaining its efficiency and effectiveness.
Heading south to Guerrero, inhabitants of the Costa Chica region are up in arms, demanding the establishment of local governments in four recently created municipalities. The fervor for self-governance burns bright in their hearts, as they strive for a voice in shaping their destiny.
Tragedy strikes Ciudad Juarez, as two women are brutally murdered in separate incidents. The somber reality of these senseless acts casts a dark shadow over the city, prompting authorities to step up efforts to ensure the safety of its residents.
While San Pedro emerges as a shining beacon of hope, offering a staunch stance against errant nightclubs and unruly establishments, the municipality of Monterrey remains ominously silent. As the former promises swift action against these nightlife nuisances, Monterrey residents are left in suspense, eagerly waiting for their municipality to reveal its plans to tackle the problem.
As we navigate these sweltering times, let us stay united and support one another. Remember to stay hydrated, seek shade when possible, and keep an eye out for updates on these pressing matters that shape our beloved Mexico. Stay cool, amigos!