Mexican Government says over 100 of her citizens have died of extreme heat in June following a series of heatwaves in the Latin American Nation.
According to the Country’s Health Ministry’s figures released, over 1,000 heat-related emergencies were reported in Mexico between June 12 and 25, of which 104 resulted in deaths.
Authorities had already reported eight deaths between April 14 and May 31, bringing the total to 112.
The main cause was heat stroke, followed by dehydration, according to the health ministry.
Mexico’s northern regions reported the most fatalities, with 64 deaths recorded in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon and 19 in neighboring Tamaulipas, bordering the US state of Texas, which has also been hit by extreme heat.
The Health Ministry said in Mexico, a maximum temperature of 49 degrees Celsius (120 Fahrenheit) was recorded this week in the Northwestern State of Sonora, adding that the average maximum temperatures in Mexico during the summer fluctuate between 30 and 45 degrees Celsius.
Authorities warn that another heatwave could affect the Country of 127 million people starting on July 1.
Scientists say global warming is exacerbating adverse weather, with many countries experiencing record high temperatures.
In May, the United Nations warned that it is near-certain that 2023-2027 will be the warmest five-year period ever recorded, as greenhouse gasses and El Nino combine to send temperatures soaring.