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Yucatan is experiencing the worst drought in 30 years

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This 2024, Yucatan is experiencing historic heat and the worst drought in 30 years, the National Water Commission (Conagua) reported on Friday, June 7.

From January to May 2024, maximum temperature records were broken in Yucatan, registering 111 degrees Fahrenheit in Mérida, 114 degrees in Conkal, and 111 degrees in Progreso, while precipitation was 96.6 mm, the lowest record of the last 30 years, said José Luis Acosta Rodríguez, head of Conagua in the state.

According to the graph he presented, the historical rainfall figure in Yucatán from January to May is 210.3 mm, so this year it rained only 45.9% and there is a deficit of 113.7 mm.

The second year with the least rain, that is, with the most drought, was 2009, when from January to May it rained 99.7 mm, and the third was 2011, with 114 mm. In contrast, 2022 is the year with record rainfall in the first quarter, with 356.4 mm.

For its part, 1995, 30 years ago, is the year with the eighth worst drought in Yucatán, where from January to May it rained 157.6 mm, according to the Conagua table.

Likewise, Acosta Rodríguez explained that the Drought Monitor indicates that 50.2% of the Yucatecan territory is in an abnormally dry condition, 49.2% is in moderate drought and 0.6% is not affected.

The official reported the above when presenting the presentation “Tropical Cyclone Forecast in 2024” at the III State Congress on Hurricane Risk Preparedness.

In this regard, he said that the development of 20 to 23 cyclones is forecast in the Atlantic, a figure higher than the historical average, in the season that runs from June 1 to November 30.

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