A cold front beginning Thursday will cause freezing temperatures in much of the country, the National Water Commission (Conagua) has warned. Temperatures could reach -10 C (14 F).
Authorities recommended that citizens wear warm clothing and pay close attention to vulnerable groups. The low temperatures are expected to persist until Saturday and could impact at least 25 states.
“The conditions described will be generated by cold front No. 18, which will slowly travel the Yucatan Peninsula,” Conagua’s National Meteorological Service (SMN) said.
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Temperatures are expected to fall to between -10 and -5 C in Chihuahua and Durango; between -5 C and zero in Aguascalientes, Baja California, Coahuila, the state of México, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz and Zacatecas; and between zero and 5 C in Baja California Sur, Mexico City, Morelos, Oaxaca, Querétaro and Sinaloa.
“Due to the low temperatures forecast for the morning and night in different regions of Mexico, the population is recommended to wear warm clothing and to pay special attention to children, the elderly and the sick, as well as to avoid exposing themselves to the cold and sudden changes in temperature,” authorities said.
In addition to cold temperatures, the SMN predicts high wind speeds to extend from the southeast, in Veracruz, to the northern states of Sonora and Chihuahua. Gusts of up to 90 km/h could hit the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico.
The cold front comes at the same time as a massive storm sweeping across the United States on Thursday, causing flight cancellations and road closures.