Extreme heat in Mexico has killed 48 people in two months. Almost half of the deaths were registered in the last week alone, the Ministry of Health announced.

Since the start of the hot season in mid-March, a total of 956 people have been treated for heat stroke, dehydration and sunburn. Heat stroke was therefore the most common cause of death.

Temperatures in the Latin American country are currently above 40 degrees in 27 of the 32 states. On Thursday, 46 degrees were measured in the northern city of Monclova in the state of Coahuila. In addition, in many parts of the country there was less rain than usual at this time of year.

Animals are also suffering from the extreme heat. According to environmental organizations, in the southern states of Tabasco and Chiapas, dozens of howler monkeys recently fell dead from trees or had to be treated for dehydration.