This heat season is considered one of the most intense in recent years, with an increase in heat-related deaths in Yucatan.
According to data released by the Health Department, from June to July 2023, there has been a rise in deaths due to heat-related causes, with six fatalities reported. This marks a peak in deaths compared to the 2017 season, which had two fewer deaths.
As announced by the Health Department, the extreme heat led to the death of several individuals in the Yucatan capital and in Chichimila.
Among the deceased are six people who succumbed to heat-related conditions:
- A woman from Merida on June 20, 2023, during the third heatwave that occurred from June 1 to 22.
- Two men from Merida on June 21, 2023, also during the third heatwave.
- A man from Merida on July 12.
- A man from Chichimila on July 17.
- A man from Merida on July 28.
It’s noteworthy that three people died during the third heatwave, while the other three individuals died during the period known as the “canicula” (a period of extreme heat between July and August).
Given the data presented by the Health Department, it has been concluded that there is a record number of heat-related deaths in the peninsula. Normally, there are about 10 heat-related deaths annually; however, in 2023 so far, there have been 14 deaths due to extreme heat.
It’s important to highlight that Yucatan ranks 12th in the national table with the highest number of heat-related deaths, with six fatalities recorded so far this year.