Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – Temperatures are expected to stay very hot and humid, possibly for the entire month of July.
According to Antonio Morales Ocana, local meteorologist, the heat that has been engulfing the Yucatan Peninsula could stay for the entire month of July despite the possibility of isolated rain showers.
Solidarity temperatures have hovered around the 340 C mark with a thermal sensation closer to 450 C. Area lows have been between 27 and 280 C, according to the Civil Protection Agency.
“Temperatures are very very high, generally with a hot and hazy sky and a few scattered showers. On average, temperature highs are occurring between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.” explains Morales Ocana.
The Sahara desert dust continues to affect the region, causing high thermal weather conditions. The phenomenon has affected the area for nearly a month, causing conditions of high heat and relative humidity over 90 percent.
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“These conditions could continue throughout this month causing high pressure and opening a passage for possible tropical waves,” he explains.
Morales Ocana recommends that local boats take note of the surf and northeast trade winds. He also suggests people not to remain outside longer than is necessary to avoid dehydraton and heat stroke.