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Cancun, Playa del Carmen beaches full over weekend, rain expected today

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Cancun and Playa del Carmen beaches were full this previous weekend with hotels registering an 85 percent occupancy rate in Playa del Carmen, two points above the same time last year.

Municipal President of Solidarity, Cristina Torres Gómez says that the city is ready for the arrival of those spending spring break (Semana Santa). While beaches were busy, streets were also brimming with people as many took time out for a little shade and shopping.

Local meteorologists, however, are predicting thunderstorms this afternoon for the regions of Cancun to Playa del Carmen. According to Conagua’s Rafael Trejo, regions of the Yucatan along the coast of Quintana Roo have a 90 percent chance of rain accompanied by thunderstorms today.

Storms may be accompanied by electrical activity, cloud-cloud or cloud-earth, with possible hail and strong winds, as well as intense rain with a threshold greater than 20 mm in per hour or greater than 70 mm in 24 hours. Temperatures, however, are expected to remain warm with a maximum of 30C and winds of 10 to 15 km/h.

The National Hurricane Center says that for the Caribbean Sea, strong trade winds will continue across waters. A cold front will enter the NW Caribbean Monday night. The front will reach from central Cuba to the Gulf of Honduras on Tuesday, stall from Hispaniola to Nicaragua on Tuesday night, and dissipate by Thursday.

High pressure will build southeastward from the Gulf of Mexico into the NW Caribbean Sea beginning on Thursday night.