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Four-day cold front arriving for Yucatan Peninsula

Cancun, Riviera Maya — The National Meteorological Service (SMN) reports the arrival of Cold Front No. 38 which they say, will arrive Thursday afternoon and stick around for at least four days.

El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) reports that the arrival of the cold front will mostly influence nighttime temperatures along the Yucatan Peninsula including the state of Quintana Roo.

The general director of the Coordinación Estatal de Protección Civil, Adrián Martínez, says the frontal system will run along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico where it will hit the Yucatan Peninsula Thursday afternoon and bring with it the probability of rain.

The mass of cold air will generate a short “north” event that will see wind with gusts greater than 60 km/h and waves from 2 to 4 meters high along the coasts of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.

By Friday, the cold front will extend over the entire Yucatan Peninsula and southeastern Mexico which will maintain a cold environment during the morning and night, along with strong winds. On Saturday, the front will acquire stationary characteristics over the Yucatan Peninsula, dissipating over the course of Sunday.

State Civil Protection recommends that citizens take precautions for sea navigation and water activities along the coasts. The marine forecast issued by the Secretaria de Marina for the coast of Quintana Roo, which extends from Cabo Catoche to the border with Belize (including the Yucatan Channel and Chetumal Bay) reports swells of between 7 and 10 feet are anticipated along the coast of Quintana Roo.

The warning extends from the coast line to 24 nautical miles out to sea. From 24 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles, the Secretaria de Marina reports swells of 10 to 13 feet being likely around the Yucatan Channel and Caribbean Sea due to the passing of the cold front.

Strong winds associated with the arrival of the cold air have already begun to affect the Cancun, Riviera Maya region. Daytime temperatures during the next four days will remain pleasant averaging 28 degrees C (85F), with nighttime lows in the high teens.