This year winter fell on a Thursday. . . that was yesterday.
My writers’ group met indoors because as Rainie, our hostess said: “This sub-80 degree weather has caused the patio to take a chill.”
Marianne, another member of the group has company from the REAL frozen north. At first she worried that they’d be disappointed with the weather. After all, they have come here to thaw-out. But she relaxed when she remembered that only rarely has she been asked for extra blankets. “They’ll be hot, they always are,” she decided.
In Yucatan we have 6 – 7 months of very hot humid weather. So by the end of October, we’re ready! We want that cooler drier air! And that tenth month of 2012 showed promise. Yes it did. But the heat kicked in again and the rest of the “winter” has been warmer than usual. Then yesterday, a heavy rain fell about 7 pm and the temperatures fell.
All the locals (native-born and transplanted) felt the chill. Most of us who hail from colder climes did not get out the parkas, scarves and gloves as did some of the tropical-born citizens, but nonetheless it was a long-sleeve day.
Our days of colder weather are the tail end of bad winter storms up north, particularly those along the east coast of the USA. The west coast storms or have little effect on us.
In fact on Christmas Day 1988 (I think) while New England froze in the grip of a fierce ice storm, the west coast experienced almost-warm weather. In Yucatan our thermostat went down to 10 degrees Celsius and in my home town, Vancouver, the temperature was 12 degrees Celsius. That is the only time I remember such a phenomena. What a twist to have a colder Christmas in Merida than my Canadian family in Vancouver!