Merida, Yucatan — “It was brutal.”
That’s the reaction from one Santiago resident who endured temperatures Friday as high as 41.2C / 106F.
It was the hottest day of the year so far. April and May are Yucatan’s hottest months, although the worst of the Peninsula’s famous humidity doesn’t really kick in until rainy season in June.
It was cooler by the Gulf, but not by much. Progreso registered a maximum temperature of 40C / 104F at 4 p.m., according to the Regional Hydrometeorological Center.
In San Francisco de Campeche the Meteorological Observatory also recorded a high of 40C/ 104F.
Extreme heat is expected to continue today, with a little relief Sunday from a storm from the north, with thunder and high winds, reports the National Water Commission. Sundays highs are expected to be 36C / 96F.
Even cooler temperatures — by about 5 degrees — are forecast for Monday.