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Some call it the heat wave of the century! And Mexicans are being fried by temperatures reaching up to 50 °C (122°F)! It’s so hot in Mexico right now that even traffic lights are melting and a 99-year-old temperature record was beaten two days ago in Mexico City. Already 13 people have been killed by this unprecedented heat wave in different states across the country. In addition to the heat, meteorologists forecast intense storms in certain areas of the country. In Chihuahua, Nuevo León and Coahuila, wind gusts could exceed 50 kilometers per hour. It’s Hell on Earth!
The heat wave is affecting the entire country of Mexico since the end of May. And this could continue longer. Today, temperatures higher than 45°C (113°F) were recorded and reported in nine states by the National Meteorological Service (SMN).
Temperatures from 45°C (113°F) to 50°C (122°F) are forecast for Baja California, Sonora, Sinaloa, Michoacan, Guerrero, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. Temperatures between 40°C (105°F) and 45°C (113°F) in areas of Baja California Sur, Nayarit, Jalisco, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo. And temperatures between 35°C (95°F) to 40°C (105°F) in areas from Colima, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Puebla and Morelos.
On May 30, Mexico City experienced its hottest day in the last 99 years as thermometers reached 31.7°C (89.1°F), surpassing the historical maximum temperature of 31.2°C (88.2°F) recorded in 1919.
Warm temperatures bring severe weather
Intense punctual storms are forecast in Oaxaca and Chiapas; very strong storms in Michoacán and Guerrero, and strong local storms in Jalisco, Colima, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo. Strong winds are predicted with gusts exceeding 50km/h (31.6mph) and possible dust storms in Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas. Meanwhile, a zone of instability with cyclonic potential is slowly moving off the coast of Guerrero and Michoacán, and is expected to intensify.
Already 13 people have been killed in 7 different states by the unprecedented Mexican heat wave so far. Probably more to come… Always be ready!