Experts predict 2020 will be the hottest year in Sinaloa’s history

Culiacán, Sin.- The State Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks of Sinaloa, recommended to the people of Sinaloa to take measures and precautions to avoid excessive exposure to solar radiation because of the ultraviolet rays index.

Jorge Alan Urbina Vidales, head of Coepriss, reported that 11 or more cases of damage by ultraviolet rays are recorded in Sinaloa every day, which means an extreme risk of damage from exposure to the sun unprotected is extremely dangerous, especially from 12 noon to 5 in the afternoon.

The high temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius prevail in the state, and specialists indicate that the summer heat will last until the end of October and the warm wave of this 2020 could be higher than the previous year according to forecasts from the National Meteorological System, Urbina Vidales said.

He noted that this 2020 will be the hottest year in the history of Sinaloa, since in the last four decades the hottest years in Mexico have been 1980, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. While observing that extemely high temperatures are being recorded in consecutive years and experts point out that 2019 was the second warmest in Mexico since 1953.

For his part, Urbina Vidales recommended the people of Sinaloa to avoid activities under the sun, especially at the aforementioned hours to prevent skin cancer, and he advised to take special care with children and the elderly.

Culicacan (Photo: Idalia Payán)

He also stressed that excessive exposure to solar radiation causes serious health problems that can range from heatstroke, or dehydration, to vision problems and skin cancer.

Level 3 IUV, protective screen against sunlight must be used in Sinaloa, indexes of 11 or more have been recorded in the central hours of the day that go from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. The sun should be avoided from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. because throughout this period the solar irradiation is stronger, reported the Coepriss head.

Likewise, he mentioned the symptoms of diseases caused by the high temperatures that exist within the state, and the prevention measures.

  1. Reduce sun exposure during the hours of greatest intensity that are from 10:00 to 16:00 hours.
  2. Seek shade and wear protective clothing.
  3. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  4. Apply cream with sunscreen.
  5. Stay hydrated

If you feel any discomfort after exposure to the sun, it is important to seek medical attention to prevent any complication, Urbina Vidales said.

Source: OEM

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