Soaring temps blamed for 8 deaths in Mexico

Mexico City, Jun 16 (EFE).- The extreme heat that has been affecting parts of Mexico since March has led to eight deaths, the federal health department said Friday as temperatures were expected to exceed 45 C (113 F) in 12 of the country’s 32 states.

The department’s epidemiology office received reports of 487 people who required medical attention for heat-related conditions.

During the week of June 3-10, health care professionals nationwide treated 69 people for heat stroke and two people died, the department said.

Mexico’s weather service, SMN, forecast temperatures above 45 C Friday in the states of Campeche, Coahuila, Guerrero, Michoacan, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Yucatan.

Eleven other states will likely experience high temperatures between 40 and 45 C.

Even in Mexico City, where the average daily high in June is around 24 C (75 F), the thermometer is forecast to reach 33 C (91 F) on Friday.

Meteorologists at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) predict that the extreme heat will extend for another 10 to 15 days.

The SMN urged people to limit their exposure to the sun, stay hydrated, and to monitor the health of children, seniors, and individuals with chronic illnesses. EFE ppc/dr

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