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Meteorologists warn of the start of canicula for Cancun, Riviera Maya

Cancun, Riviera Maya — Meteorologists are warning people around Cancun and Riviera Maya of the start of canicula, the warmest period of the year.

The Directorate of Civil Protection in Solidaridad says that over the next few days, temperatures around Riviera Maya will soar, reaching 38C (100F).

Luis Antonio Morales Ocaña, director of meteorology for Solidaridad explained that “the heat wave is due to the inclination of the earth that causes solar radiation to arrive perpendicularly and is a period of time, which is fixed from July 15 to August 24, but in itself, does not have an exact date for it to start or end.”

The National Meteorological Service reports that during this time, which normally lasts around 40 days, the region will reach its highest temperatures and lowest rainfall, which they add, contributes to the phenomenon of canicula.

Morales Ocaña explained that during this period, “many problems arise mainly in the form of diseases given that the heat causes bacteria and viruses to develop in the atmosphere, and when we breathe them, we can get respiratory as well as stomach infections.

“We must avoid consuming food on public roads in food stalls because we do not know how they treat the food, and with so much heat, everything begins to deteriorate rapidly and become contaminated.”

He says that over the past several days, they have recorded temperatures above 33C (91F) in the shade with a thermal sensation of 43C (109F). He says that this year, they anticipate daytime temperatures to soar past 38C, creating a thermal sensation in excess of 47C (116F).

The National Meteorological Service says the regions affected by the intense heat will include the states of Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Puebla, State of Mexico, Morelos, Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.