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Heatwave Grips Yucatán for Fourth Week

The Yucatán region is currently experiencing its fourth consecutive week of extreme heat. This unprecedented climatic event is expected to continue until the arrival of rains, which are forecasted for between June 7 and June 9.

This Saturday, the maximum temperatures in Mérida and its metropolitan area are anticipated to range from 39 to 41 degrees Celsius. In the southwest, south, “cono sur”, cenote belt, and former henequen zone, temperatures are predicted to range from 40 to 42 degrees. The rest of the state is expected to see maximum temperatures of 38 to 40 degrees.

The heat index, which is a measure of how hot it feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature, is projected to be set between 52 and 54 degrees. Humidity levels are expected to be at their highest, 80 to 85 percent, at dawn and at their lowest, 25 to 30 percent, in the early afternoon hours.

On the previous day, Mérida recorded a maximum temperature of 39.8 degrees Celsius, while the heat index rose to a stifling 52.2 degrees. This extreme heat has caused power outages in some areas of Mérida.

Authorities are closely monitoring the situation and are urging residents to take precautions to mitigate the effects of the intense heat.