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Mexico Heat Headed Towards Southern US States

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An unprecedented heat dome has relentlessly scorched Mexico this year, pushing temperatures to record-breaking levels and fueling a devastating drought. The scorching conditions, which have already wreaked havoc on the country's agriculture and air quality, now threaten to expand northward, bringing severe heat, drought, and the potential for wildfires to the Southwestern and South Central United States.

Mexico's Unrelenting Drought: A Crisis of Historic Proportions

The drought that has gripped Mexico since the winter is a crisis of historic proportions. As of May 2024, a staggering 82% of the country faced drought conditions, with over 11% experiencing the most severe category of drought. This widespread water scarcity has devastated ecosystems, dried up reservoirs, and left communities struggling to secure adequate water supplies.

The drought's impact is not limited to water resources. The absence of moisture has intensified the heat, creating a feedback loop that exacerbates the arid conditions. With no significant rainfall to cool the land, temperatures have soared to unprecedented levels. In May, the town of Galinas recorded a blistering 124 degrees Fahrenheit, a mere two degrees shy of Mexico's all-time record high.


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