Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The hottest time of the year, locally known as canicula, has officially come to an end with Cancun and Cozumel recording the highest daytime temperatures.
According to the National Water Commission, the 40-day period of dog days or canicula saw Cancun record 39.5C and Cozumel 39C as the hottest in the region during canicula. Both temperatures were recorded during the month of July.
The temperatures were stand-alone daytime figures and not thermal sensations or “feel like” temperatures when combined with the region’s high levels of humidity.
José Luis Blanco Pajón, director of the National Water Commission (Conagua) for the state, said that this year the temperatures were higher compared to the previous year. He explained that Playa del Carmen recorded a high temperature of 35C, which when combined with the intense humidity, gives the air a feeling of closer to 40C.
“It has been a very difficult hot season for the population of Quintana Roo. Now, we hope that in the rest of August and into the following weeks will see temperatures decrease, although we must wait and see what the weather conditions give us.”
The hottest time of year for the Cancun, Riviera Maya region runs from around July 15 to August 23 of each year. The 40-day season of canicula is the hottest and most humid time of year, but with the least amount of rainfall with temperatures averaging the high 30s to low 40s.