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Tourists Urged To Be Cautious As Cancun Lifeguards Report Early Rise In Heatstroke

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Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean are currently seeing above-average temperatures for this time of the year as Cancun Red Cross officials warn travelers to take precautions amid the intense heat. 

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This week, Cancun’s Red Cross issued a warning noting a dramatic increase in the number of travelers being affected by heatstroke, urging visitors to pay attention to potential signs of the dangerous ailment. 

While the Mexican Caribbean enjoys year-round warm weather, the El Nino weather pattern could cause an unusually high amount of heat waves this year, prompting concern from a traveler safety standpoint.

lifeguard post in Playa Del Carmen

With that in mind, here’s a look at the number of travelers being affected by heatstroke this spring in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Up To 20 Cases Of Heatstroke Reported Daily Across Cancun 

With the Easter holidays just around the corner, a growing number of travelers will set foot in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean in the coming days.

And with just several months until the start of the hectic summer vacation period, officials are starting to notice a worrying pattern on Cancun beaches: a dramatic rise in cases of heatstroke. 

a white sand beach in cacnun with blue water

That’s according to Cancun’s Red Cross, who say that between 15 to 20 cases of heatstroke are being reported in the sunny destination each day.

That’s a sharp increase compared to last year, when on average, paramedics saw around 30 weekly cases.

The report comes amid growing concerns of unusually warm weather, with meteorologists saying that the effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon could lead to a drastic rise in the number and intensity of heatwaves across the Mexican Caribbean.

Cancun hotel zone beach on a sunny, tranquil day with clear skies

According to a spokesperson from the Red Cross, some of the more common symptoms seen among travelers include dehydration, digestive issues, and vomiting.

The Red Cross also added that heatstroke-related symptoms are being reported unusually early compared to other years. In the past, respiratory issues were typically more prevalent during winter and spring, but in 2024, the effects of hot weather are already noticeable. 

With many travelers out and about enjoying Cancun’s splendid white-sand beaches, authorities are preparing for an even greater number of heatstroke patients. 

an ambulance in cancun traffic

Cancun’s numerous popular beaches are ideal locations to enjoy the warm outdoors or to engage in sports, which are linked to a greater risk of heatstroke.

And with many younger travelers consuming alcohol, paramedics are warning visitors to limit their intake of intoxicating substances. 

This week, temperatures can reach highs of 86 degrees Fahrenheit, which is in line with the historical average for March. But as the coastal hotspot heads into the warmer months of April & May, officials will be 

a boat amid crystal clear water in cancun

Look Out For These Warning Signs On Your Next Cancun Beach Getaway 

Enjoying Cancun’s pleasant warmth is something most travelers look forward to on their Mexican Caribbean vacation.

However, spending extended periods under direct sunlight can cause heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses.

Some of the most common symptoms to look out for include profuse sweating – a sign that the body cannot adequately cool itself down – as well as dizziness and fatigue. 

a palm tree behind a playa del carmen beach

Fortunately, heatstroke is easily prevented by following some basic guidelines.

From regular hydration to seeking shade, travelers should prepare themselves for record-breaking heat this spring & summer in Cancun. 

If you notice any heat-related symptoms, immediately seek a shaded location, sip on water, and avoid any physically taxing activities.

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