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Despite pending cool air, Yucatan Peninsula will continue to bake in 40 to 45 degree temperatures

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Another week of hot temperatures is in store for the Yucatan Peninsula. While a cold front is forecast to reach the region in coming days, it is unlikely to have any cool down effect.

Daytime highs for Cancun and Riviera Maya are expected to remain near 40C (104F) for the remainder of this week. The Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) says while some rain is likely with the arrival of the cold front, a decrease in temperatures is not.

During the forecast period, a hot to very hot environment will prevail over most of the country as well as an increase in temperatures with maximum temperatures expected to exceed 40°C (104F) in areas that include Yucatán and Quintana Roo, the weather agency has reported.

Over the course of Thursday, cold front no. 40 will acquire warm characteristics over the Gulf of Mexico, ceasing to affect Mexican territory. In turn, a low pressure channel in the western Gulf of Mexico and the southeast of the country, in combination with the entry of humidity from the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, will cause rains and intervals of showers along the Yucatan Peninsula.

On Friday, a low pressure channel extended over the interior of the Mexican Republic and the entry of humidity from the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, will cause rains and showers in the northeast, east and southeast of the national territory, including the Yucatan Peninsula.

For Thursday, the Peninsula and state of Quintana Roo can expect isolated rains of between 0.1 to 5 mms and maximum temperatures of between 35C (95F) and 40C (104F).

For Friday March 22nd, showers of between 5 and 25 mms are forecast for areas including Yucatán and Quintana Roo. On Friday, local temperatures will see a slight increase, returning to the current 40 (104 F) to 45 C (113 F) that is being felt around the state.

The Government of Mexico reports that the hottest time of year, known locally as Canícula, has not yet arrived. Canicula does not begin until July. The Yucatan Peninsula is part of the region that experiences Canicula, the country’s 40 hottest days of the year which normally runs until the end of August.