What are the places that could not be inhabited by extreme heat?
Following the record of high temperatures in different parts of the world, in LatinAmerican Post we make a forecast of Latin American cities, specifically Mexican, which could be affected by extreme heat and that would become uninhabitable if these temperatures continue.
In Mexico, a strong heat wave has affected the Aztec country, the same that affects the eastern United States. According to a press release issued by the National Water Commission, Conagua, "the heat wave that affects Mexico will cause temperatures of 45 to 50 degrees Celsius in areas of Sonora, Sinaloa, Michoacán, Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Hidalgo; from 40 to 45 degrees Celsius in places of Baja California Sur, Nayarit, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Queretaro, Tamaulipas and Veracruz". The governmental entities in charge of monitoring the climate, recommend to the citizens to constantly hydrate and not expose themselves to the sun.
Temperatures of 45 to 50 degrees are unbearable, but could they cause a city to stop being inhabited?
According to El Heraldo, the human body can withstand different degrees of temperature depending on whether it is internally or externally. In the first case, the human body is capable of supporting maximum 43 degrees Celsius. If this number is exceeded, the proteins inside the body stop working and can cause death. In the second case, "the English physician Charles Blagden managed to stay 15 minutes in a habituation heated to 105 degrees." This would indicate that the human body is able to withstand temperatures above 100 degrees Celsius.
However, when it comes to experiencing high temperatures other factors such as humidity also come into play. El Heraldo reports that the human body finds temperatures unbearable from 40 degrees onwards with high humidity. That is to say, places like Sonora, Sinaloa, Michoacán, Chihuahua, Coahuila and Hidalgo would become uninhabitable if the temperatures and humidity are maintained at this height.
High temperatures in the world
At a global level, the current heat waves threaten the survival of. In the United States, Europe, and Asia temperatures have risen above 41 degrees Celsius and have triggered fires, injuries, deaths, and disappearances.
In Greece, according to CNN, the devastating fires erased villages and left at least 190 dead. The spokesperson of the Greek government, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, said that 15 fires occurred in the southern part of the country and its eradication was cataloged as "unprecedented." According to media, so far, the heat wave in Japan and Canada has caused 44 and 70 deaths, respectively, and has caused power cuts that affected more than 12,000 people in Los Angeles, United States.
In Japan, because of the high temperatures, experts assured in the German magazine Der Spiegel that the Japanese metropolises could be uninhabitable. According to Sustainable Week, the large concentrations of asphalt and steel and the reduction of green areas make it possible for the heat to increase.
LatinAmerican Post | Marcela Peñaloza
Translated from “6 Estados mexicanos serían inhabitables por culpa de las altas temperaturas ”