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Cancun & Surrounding Destinations Expecting Major Heatwaves This Year

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New meteorological forecasts show that Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean could come under the effects of intense heatwaves this year due to the El Nino climate pattern. 

While Cancun typically sees average high temperatures of around 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer, this year, the coastal destination is bracing for even higher temperatures.

A beach tower in a cancun beach with hot weather

Officials have already begun preparing for unusually elevated temperatures later this spring and during the summer, putting in place measures to protect travelers and residents.

As Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean head into the busy spring season, here’s the latest on what kind of weather travelers can expect this year.

a pool by a large cancun resort

New Forecast Predicts Intense Heat Across Mexican Caribbean This Year

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are some of the warmest places in Mexico; in fact, the region’s year-round warm weather is a major draw for millions of sun-seeking travelers each year. 

However, in 2024, the coastal region could see record-high temperatures due to the El Nino phenomenon, which causes unusual warming of surface waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

yellow flag warning on beach

The weather pattern is known to cause a number of effects on certain regions of the Americas, including the Mexican Caribbean, where it can lead to above-average temperatures and stronger tropical storms.

This week, Cancun’s Civil Protection agency issued a notice warning about the ongoing weather pattern, describing its potential to cause abnormal temperature strikes in the region. 

Tourists enjoying a sunny day at Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres

While Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are still likely to experience several cold fronts this spring, meteorologists say they are only likely to cause temperatures to dip during the morning and afternoon. 

Around May, temperatures are expected to begin increasing, reaching an average of between 86 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, with the thermometer reaching its highest daily average during June. 

Travelers can expect frequent heatwaves to hit Cancun during the entire summer period, with temperatures potentially reaching as high as 104 degrees. As a result, officials have already begun warning travelers and residents to take precautions during intense heat, which can drastically increase the risk of heat stroke and other conditions.

a relaxing pool area in a cancun resort

Among other measures, authorities are asking travelers to apply high-SPF sunscreen during their vacation, especially during the intense heat of the summer months. Meanwhile, elderly travelers and children should avoid extensive exposure to direct sunlight, especially during the afternoon. 

Extreme heat isn’t the only meteorological variable that travelers should pay attention to this summer. A recent report by the reputable weather agency AccuWeather shows that Cancun could see an above-average number of powerful hurricanes and tropical storms this year. 

aerial view of pier in cancun with boat and sargassum

And while there are still several months left before the start of the hurricane season, travelers can already take certain measures to guarantee a hassle-free stay, such as purchasing comprehensive travel insurance and opting for a resort with a reliable hurricane safety protocol.

It’s important for travelers to keep an eye on the weather forecast during their next Cancun vacation. From high heat to strong winds, weather plays a huge role in planning a successful vacation. 

Fortunately, Cancun’s astonishing variety of attractions means that even during the intense heat, there’s always something fun to do. 

aerial view of a hurricane in the Mexican Caribbean

From Puerto Morelos’ stunning azure cenotes to Cancun’s water parks, travelers can cool down in a number of pools, lagoons, and other bodies of water. Museums, malls, and indoor markets are another great way to escape the heat.

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