HEAT ALERT: Mexican Caribbean Temperatures To Reach Up To 113°F (45°C)

HEAT ALERT Mexican Caribbean Temperatures To Reach Up To 113F

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) forecasts maximum temperatures between 40°C (104°F) and 45°C (113°F) in Quintana Roo, Chiapas and Oaxaca over the next few days.

Other tourist hotspots affected by this tremendous heat wave will include Baja California Sur, Guerrero, Michoacán, Campeche, Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz and Yucatán, with temperatures even higher than 45°C (113°F).

“The environment will continue from very hot to extremely hot, with maximum daytime temperatures above 40°C (104°F), said the SMN.

Last Friday, the resort city of Playa del Carmen experienced a thermal sensation of 51°C (123°F), breaking all records set in previous decades.

According to data, one of the highest temperatures ever recorded was in 2007, when thermometers read 37°C (98°F). Thus, the numbers have massively increased.

Currently, you can find temperatures of up to 38°C (110°F) in the shade, said Luis Antonio Morales Ocaña, Civil Protection meteorologist.

“We all feel it. Even at night, the temperature remains high because the minimum remains between 28-29°C (82-84°F); it is very hot,” said Morales.

“Temperatures began to increase since January with a prolonged drought. Although there are already signs [of rain], there is only drizzle for now,” Morales added.

“First rains are expected for the second week of June and, just as we have had a prolonged drought, we are going to have anomalous rains across the area of influence of the Caribbean Sea, including the Yucatan Peninsula, where there will be heavier rains, according to predictive models,” said the expert.

But for now, just make sure to stay hydrated, work or stay in the shadows, and take rest breaks to avoid a heat stroke. Although these may not be the only things you’ll need to worry about.

The National Energy Control Center (Cenace) has declared that the country’s electrical system is at risk due to the excessive demand caused by heat waves.

This has caused massive blackouts in almost half of all Mexican states.

Regardless, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador congratulated the CFE for ensuring 10 days without a blackout.