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:
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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.