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Atlantic begins to stir as region’s hurricane season peaks

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Although the Atlantic has remained relatively quiet thus far, activity has begun to stir over the past week with the development of several systems.

As the Atlantic Basin enters the peak of hurricane season, systems off the coast of Africa continue to develop. While the National Hurricane Center continues to issue advisories on Hurricane Florence located over the central Atlantic Ocean, the Weather Prediction Center in the US continues to issue advisories on Tropical Depression Gordon, now located over Arkansas.

In the Atlantic, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration points out a low pressure system west of the Cabo Verde Islands. They say it is gradually becoming better defined with associated showers and thunderstorms concentrated near the center.

This system is expected to become a tropical depression later today or tonight while it moves slowly westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean with a 90 percent chance of advanced formation over the next five days.

A second system behind this is also expected to become better organized with the NOAA saying environmental conditions are conducive for the development of a tropical depression or tropical storm. That system is projected to slowly move westward or west-northwestward also with a 90 percent chance of advanced formation over the next several days.

US meteorologist Travis Herzog says Helene is likely to form in the eastern Atlantic over the next 5 days adding that this is one to watch for potential impacts to the Caribbean and Gulf.

“There’s also a broad area of spin that will enter the Gulf next week” that Travis says also needs to be monitored for potential development. “We are in peak hurricane season, so continue to stay informed and aware of what is happening in the tropics,” he says.

For Cancun and Riviera Maya, state Civil Protection says due to tropical wave 37, there’s a high probability of electrical activity along the coast of Quintana Roo. The tropical wave, which is located on the surface of the Caribbean Sea, is moving west and will likely bring moisture to the Yucatan Peninsula.

Extremely hot daytime temperatures will remain for Cancun and Riviera Maya with maximum temperatures of 35 to 37 °C and minimum temperatures of between 23 to 25 °C.