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Area south of Tulum records coldest temperature after arrival of U.S. polar air mass

Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Q.R. — An area south of Tulum recorded the coldest temperatures in the state Monday, after a polar air mass arrived. The mass of U.S. cold air made its way over the Yucatan Peninsula late Sunday.

By Monday, the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto recorded a low of just 10.5 C (51 F), making it the chilliest of the winter season. Adrián Martínez Ortega, state coordinator of Civil Protection reported other lows which included 12 C in Playa del Carmen, 12.5 C for Chetumal and 13.1 in José María Morelos.

Quintana Roo border towns with Belize recorded 13.9 C, while Kantunilkín thermometers, near Holbox, recorded a low of 14.1 C and its neighbor of Cancun, 14.4 C. Cozumel was a bit warmer with 15.3 degrees and and Puerto Juárez with 17.3.

“In Quintana Roo we are used to temperatures above 35 degrees, so when the thermometer drops, it generates many health complications such as cough,” he said reminding residents that the season is not yet over.

Martínez Ortega says the SMN has forecast a total of 56 cold fronts for the country for the 2021-2022 winter season. Cold Front no. 23 is on its way, but has not yet been announced to affect temperatures along the Yucatan Peninsula.