Yucatán braces for the hottest week of the year

Fans for sale on the streets are a little more tempting this weekend. Photo: Courtesy
Fans for sale on the streets are a little more tempting this weekend. Photo: Courtesy

The most severe heatwave of the year is expected to hit Yucatán in the coming days. 

Meteorologists are expecting thermometers to hit 40 C / 104 F this week, but feel even hotter in most of Yucatán. 

The state should also expect extremely warm winds ranging up to 50 kph / 31 mph an hour. 

Government authorities are warning that due to the heat there is an increased risk of wildfires. Because of this, people engaging in slash-and-burn agriculture have been told to increase precautions.  

Over the Easter holiday, Yucatán welcomed a cold front which could be the last of the season. Temperatures in some parts of the state went down as low as 15 C / 59 F, which is extremely low for the time of year. 

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Historically, April and May are the hottest months of the year in Yucatán. Daytime highs often turn even the most mundane tasks into exhausting chores.

As the heat continues to worsen, air conditioning use increases. In previous years this has placed a great amount of stress on the electricity grid and even created power outages.

Authorities recommend using air conditioning sparingly to keep outages from happening.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.