Last updated on January 16, 2021
Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Q.R. — On Sunday, residents of the state of Quintana Roo woke to unusually cool temperatures as Cold Front No. 25 moved through the region.
The front caused coastal thermometers to take a dip from their normal readings, many of which, were in the teens. Adrián Martínez Ortega, the general director of the State Civil Protection, said that several municipalities, including Cancun and Riviera Maya, experienced those teen readings.
He said that on Sunday, the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto was registered as the coldest in the state with residents waking up to a chilly 13.4 C (56F). He added that data from the National Meteorological Service (SMN) showed several cool figures for the region from 09:00 hours Saturday, January 9 to 09:00 hours Sunday.
While the lowest temperature was registered in Felipe Carrillo Puert with 13.4 degrees, others were not far behind. Thermometers in José María Morelos read 14.8, while those in the communities of Kantunilkin, Lázaro Cárdenas and Nicolás Bravo, Othón P. Blanco dropped to 14.6 and 14.7 degrees respectively.
Folks in Playa del Carmen woke to a humid and cool 15.5 degrees, while residents in Cozumel registered 15.8. Cancun was one of the warmest with 17 degrees, as was the capital city of Chetumal.
Martínez Ortega pointed out that Quintana Roo residents are used to temperatures around the 30-degree range (86F), having just finished a hot summer with daily temperatures above 35C (95F), so when the thermometer drops, not only do locals feel it as cold, but respiratory issues often begin to appear.
For Wednesday, Cold Front No. 26 is expected to reach the Yucatan Peninsula, again, seeing temperatures drop across Quintana Roo.