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Locals brace for soaring heat as Canicula (the Dog Days of Summer) begins to arrive in Cancun, Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Daytime temperatures have been slowly increasing around the region as Canícula or the Dog Days of summer, approaches. An increase in heat is being felt around the Yucatan Peninsula as the hottest season of the year creeps in.

According to the Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), it’s around mid-July when the entire region experiences about 40 days of intense heat and little rainfall. Canicula occurs during the months of July and August in the Cancun, Riviera Maya region, seeing daytime temperatures soar, averaging 37 C (98.6F) for more than a month, with very little rainfall.

Sareti Cardos with the Centro Hidrometeorológico de Mérida says that the Dog Days of Summer begin the southeast of Mexico around the second week of July and can last anywhere from 40 to 45 days, often pushing temperatures beyond 40 C (104F).