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Heat warning issued for Riviera Maya on heels of cold front arrival

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — State Civil Protection has issued a notice due to the high temperatures around the state. The notice comes on the heels of the arrival of a cold front expected Monday.

State Civil Protection (Coordinación Estatal de Protección Civil QRoo or Coeproc) says local forecasts will continue with daytime temperatures between 35 to 40 degrees Celsius for most of Quintana Roo.

Guillermo Núñez Leal, the General Director of Coeproc, is warning residents about the dangers of prolonged sun exposure as well as working outdoors in the extreme heat.

“We are working in coordination with the Ministry of Health to promote and disseminate the recommendations that must be followed to avoid heat stroke that could occur in the state as a result of the high temperatures that have already begun.

Guillermo Núñez Leal

“These temperatures are expected to increase with the oncoming of a very intense heat wave. We are talking about the thermometer which is expected to rise to 38 and 40 degrees with a thermal sensation of 44 or more which is a health risk for everyone,” he said.

Mexico’s Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) continues its forecast of extreme heat for the Cancun-Riviera Maya region. However, on Monday, cold front 39 is expected to reach part of the Yucatan Peninsula which will likely generate strong winds with the possibility of rain and a slight cool down.

For the weekend, the SMN says a very hot muggy forecast is in store for the state.

“The influx of humidity from the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico continues towards the peninsular region and the state of Quintana Roo which will create a very hot, muggy environment during the day.

“On Saturday, the “Surada” event will continue mainly over the coastal areas of the state with gusts of wind from the southeast of 50 to 70 km/h.

“Cold Front 39 will begin to travel along the slope of the Gulf of Mexico and cause fresh and gusty winds from the north, a drop in temperature and cloudy weather with rain accompanied by electrical activity over its area of influence,” the SMN has reported.

The cold front is forecast to begin entering the region Monday and stick around for two days. With it regional residents can enjoy a slight break from the extreme heat.