Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Another cold front is forecast to make its way to the Yucatan Peninsula. However, the air is not expected to be as cold. Last weekend, a polar mass hit the Yucatan Peninsular, arriving with the coldest air the region had experienced this winter.
On the second day of the front, an area south of Tulum recorded the coldest temperature this winter with 10. 5 C or 51 F. Days after cold front no 22 left, the Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) announced cold front no. 23 was on its way. Until now, SMN was not sure if that front would affect the peninsula.
The mass of cold air from no. 23 is forecast to arrive at the top of the Yucatan Peninsula Saturday afternoon. With it, SMN says heavy rains can be expected for a large portion of the region.
“The cold front no. 23 that extends over the southwest of the Gulf of Mexico and the southeast of the country is causing very heavy rains in the region, including the Yucatan Peninsula.”
Heavy rains of between 50 to 75 mm are forecast for Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo. This, from a cold core vortex in interaction with the polar jet stream that will give rise to another winter storm, which will cause a marked drop in temperatures.
SMN reports that “cold front no. 23 will extend over the southeast of the country including the Yucatan Peninsula, causing heavy to very heavy rains in these regions. The polar air mass associated with the front will keep the environment cold to very cold in higher elevations, and cool along the Yucatan Peninsula due to an intense north wind.”
On Sunday, cold front 23 will continue to spread over the southeast of the Mexican Republic and the Yucatan Peninsula, causing showers and heavy to very heavy rains in these regions.
On Tuesday, a new cold front will approach the northern border of Mexico and will begin to affect the country starting on Wednesday.