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Riviera Maya breaking decade long heat records

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Decade-old heat records for Riviera Maya are being broken as regional temperatures continue to soar.

Solidaridad Department of Meteorology and Climatology of Civil Protection reports that nighttime lows and daytime highs for Playa del Carmen and the rest of Riviera Maya have been surpassing figures recorded nearly a decade ago.

The warmest nighttime temperature was recorded last week as the region dipped down to 29C (84F), also making it the hottest night temperature so far this year. Daytime temperatures are averaging 36C (97F), however, when combined with the high humidity, the thermal sensation is closer to 49C (120F).

Antonio Morales Ocaña, a meteorologist from Playa del Carmen says that this year, records of local temperatures have exceeded those recorded from nearly 10 years ago.

“In the graphs, it is observed that last Friday the temperatures exceeded those from January to July of previous years, with 36C making the maximum temperature sensation almost 50C, a record so far this year,” he said.

He is warning locals and tourists about the risks of first-degree burns on the skin because of prolonged sun exposure due to the intense solar radiation.

“In this region, the maximum temperatures that were usually recorded between 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. are now beginning at 11:00 a.m. with thermometers above 30C. The heat is now lasting until after 4:00 p.m.,” he explained.