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New Mexico Officials Warn of Health Effects from Rising Temperatures


Health officials in New Mexico are warning residents to take precautions as daytime temperatures are expected to reach record highs through the months of June and July.

Since April 1, information from the state health department states that there have been at least 51 heat-related visits to hospital emergency departments across New Mexico, as record high temperatures have been registered.

In 2023, the department logged more than 900 heat-related hospital visits between April and September—with nearly half occurring in July. This marked a sharp increase from previous years.

Forecasts for this summer are calling for above-average chances of more hot and dry weather.

So far this year, heat waves have been causing problems around the world: from hundreds of people suffering heatstroke in Pakistan to water shortages in Mexico.

In New Mexico, temperatures are expected to climb to the upper 90s across much of the state. State health officials are telling motorists not to leave children or pets in the car, even if the windows are cracked.

Symptoms of heat-related illnesses can range from rash and sunburn to cramps and exhaustion. Those who are more vulnerable include people who work outside, children, older adults, and those with chronic medical conditions.