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After the heatwave, 61 municipalities in Yucatán face drought

by Sofia Navarro
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Following a historic heatwave that affected a large part of the Mexican Republic in mid-June, Yucatán is one of the states that continues to suffer the effects of this phenomenon, with 61 municipalities in the region experiencing drought.

According to the latest report from Mexico’s Drought Monitor, prepared by the National Meteorological Service of CONAGUA and published on June 30th, an alarming 57.5 percent of Yucatán is experiencing moderate drought.

According to experts, moderate drought carries a high risk of damage to crops and pastures, jeopardizing the water supply for animals. It also represents a significant fire hazard, causing water levels in rivers, streams, reservoirs, and wells to decline.

In the rest of the Peninsula, including Quintana Roo, an abnormally dry situation is reported, although it has not reached the level of drought, with the exception of the neighboring state of Campeche where five municipalities are in the same situation.

In Yucatán, the 61 municipalities that have officially been declared to be in a state of moderate drought are:

Abalá
Acanceh
Baca
Bokobá
Cacalchén
Cansahcab
Cenotillo
Conkal
Cuzamá
Chankom
Chapab
Chicxulub Pueblo
Chocholá
Dzemul
Dzitás
Dzoncahuich
Espita
Hocabá
Hoctún
Homún
Huhí
Ixil
Izamal
Kanasín
Kantunil
Kaua
Kopomá
Mérida
Mocochá
Motul
Muna
Muxupip
Opichén
Oxkutzcab
Quintana Roo
Sacalum
Sanahcat
Seyé
Sotuta
Sudzal
Suma
Tahmek
Tecoh
Tekal de Venegas
Tekantó
Tekax
Telchac Pueblo
Temax
Tepakán
Teya
Ticul
Timucuy
Tinum
Tixkokob
Tixpehual
Tunkás
Uayma
Umán
Xocchel
Yaxcabá
Yaxkukul

Regarding the “canícula” (mid-summer drought period), it is expected to be of mild intensity and short duration this year. However, CONAGUA foresees a canícula atmospheric pattern in mid-July, with anticyclonic domains mainly located in the northern part of the country and parts of the Caribbean.

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