Well ,it seems that nearly everyone in the village ,including me ,has some kind of cold, aches, pains , coughs, fevers or just not feeling up to par. This always happens with the change of climate from hot to what we call cold!!
You may wonder what we class as cold here in the Yucatan as the temperature does not change that much over the year. But we have gone from a high of 38 C to a high of 30C during the day and by night it can hit as low as 10C. I know !You are thinking this cant be cold.
For the tourists coming from cooler climates it feels muy agradable , very comfortable, and the evenings are great for sleeping.I used to think the same until I got acclimatized to the weather conditions here and now when the thermometer drops in temperature ,I really feel it.
I bundle up in my hammock for the night with no less than three blankets, two on a calm night and still sometimes I wake up in the early morning around 4 ish wanting another blanket.
Now I know why Scrooge is always depicted as wearing a nightcap on his head in novels and movies,because in the cold, damp homes of ancient England one would feel much warmer.
I do remember the winters in England as a child. I would welcome the stone hot water bottle keeping my bed warm .T hen came the rubber type ones which were great because you could move them around in the bed wherever you wanted.I have often thought of trying to find them here but had no luck as yet or maybe I am just not looking in the right places .
I feel for the local people at this time of year ,as some don’t even have blankets and have to sleep in their clothes to keep warm.. Still, there are many who live and sleep in a casa de huanos ( palm roof houses) with walls made only of sticks, great for the summer but not very comfortable in the winter. If they are lucky to have a relative with a brick home they may be invited to hang their hammocks for the night. Many of the older people have known to die of hyperthermia in these months, just as they do in Canada, during a cold spell.
Usually we start around November getting cold fronts that drift down from the north and can come and go until January. It seems like the cold fronts have come a little earlier than normal this year. I hope it wont last too long !
The coldest I have known, since living here , was about two years ago when the temperatures hit 5C and some place south from us Tekax it actually dropped to 0C .I think this was a record but it was talked about for days after.
Lets hope this cold front soon passes and that everyone regains their health . As for me Im taking lots and lots of local honey, fresh lemons and cinnamon with hot water.