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Public warned of extreme temperatures for Cancun, Riviera Maya

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Red Cross is warning the general public to take extra precautions with the arrival of onda de calor or the heat wave that has hit the region.

The Servicio Meteorológico Nacional reports extreme temperatures for most of the country including the entire Yucatan Peninsula with daytime temperatures maxing out between 35C (95F) and 40C (104F).

The high temperatures combined with high humidity, is creating extremely hot days with the Red Cross saying the conditions are ideal for heat stroke.

Local Coordinator for the Red Cross, María Isabel Martínez García, explained that exposure to high temperatures generates dehydration and, if not addressed, increases the risk of heat stroke. She advises people avoid sun exposure from between 11:00 a.m. to around 4:00 p.m when the sun is at its peak.

She added that without water, the body cannot maintain its proper core temperature, resulting in heat stroke, something the young and elderly are more susceptible to experiencing.

Martínez García suggests people stay in the shade and cool places, refrain from intense physical activities under the sun, drink water frequently even if you’re not thirsty and not drink alcoholic beverages.

She also noted that during the heat wave, people should avoid eating street food since most are cooked with products that can quickly spoil in the heat.

The extreme temperatures, which are affecting the region from Cancun down into Riviera Maya, is expected to hold strong for several more days.