Cancun, Q.R. – The state of Quintana Roo recorded its coldest day this year due to continual low temperatures and strong winds that have plagued the region for much of January.
A report from State Civil Protection showed the municipality of of Othón P. Blanco, which is 317 kilometers south of Playa del Carmen, recorded the state’s lowest day time temperature of the year with 12C (53F) and a wind chill of 8C (46F).
Jaime Villasano Espejo, local meterologicalist, says that the temperature is expected to gradually recover between Wednesday and Thursday, but that the cool weather will continue into the month of February and even March.
“The drop in temperature that was felt in the early hours of Tuesday was due to the presence of modified polar continental air. We’re talking about a temperature of 12 degrees and a wind chill that dropped the air to between 8 and 9 degrees in rural areas.”
The state agency forecasts a gradual recovery of daytime temperatures but says that the weather will remain cool during the days and cold at night for the remainder of January and likely into the first days of March.
“We are in the winter season with spring coming after this. It is very likely that we could see another cold frontal system.”
During the first 20 days of the New Year, the region has already experienced 31 cold fronts with a prediction of 56 before the winter season is over. During 2015, there were 62 cold fronts nationwide, of which one-third reached the Yucatan Peninsula.