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Beat the Heat in Mérida: Dressing Tips for Yucatán

The Yucatán Peninsula is known for its intense heat, making it crucial to dress appropriately to cope with the high temperatures. The global rise in temperatures has led to record-breaking heat in Mexico, particularly in the spring of 2024. Here are some tips on how to dress to beat the heat in Mérida and throughout the state of Yucatán.

The Yucatán Peninsula, located in the southeastern part of Mexico, is experiencing the effects of climate change, with temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celsius. This has led to increased concern among authorities and residents.

Local Civil Protection authorities have issued daily alerts and advice for those who must venture out in the high temperatures. They recommend the use of sunscreen, sunglasses, umbrellas, and hats, and advise against going outside between 10 am and 5 pm, the hottest part of the day. Remember to apply sunscreen during this season of extreme heat.

Staying hydrated by drinking water frequently is also crucial. It's also recommended to seek out well-ventilated and cool places to avoid heatstroke.

If you're visiting Yucatán or dealing with high temperatures, consider wearing light fabrics like linen and cotton. These materials allow your body to breathe and release heat. Avoid polyester clothing as it retains heat. Shorts, skirts, and airy dresses are recommended as they allow air to circulate and your skin to breathe.

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Traditional clothing in the Yucatán Peninsula, such as the hipil for women and the guayabera for men, have been used for generations to cope with the heat.

Light colors, especially white, are often recommended for hot weather. However, beige and pastel colors are also good options. Interestingly, some theories suggest that black clothing is ideal in hot weather as it reflects rather than absorbs light, potentially keeping you cooler. Are you bold enough to test this theory?

These tips should help you decide what to pack for your next trip to Yucatán.