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Heavy rains flood some popular streets, more expected for Cancun, Riviera Maya

Isla Mujeres, Riviera Maya — Heavy rains that hit the region Friday have left many areas underwater. Street flooding in main tourist streets of Isla Mujeres were one of the areas leaving pedestrians with more than just wet feet.

Flooding on several streets of Isla Mujeres in the commercial zone of the first square of the island has forced people to wade through ankle deep water to get around.

The hardest hit were Hidalgo Avenue with Abasolo and Rueda Medina Avenue since many of the storm drains became blocked. Approximately 25 cms of rain has fallen from Isla Mujeres and down into Riviera Maya as Cold Front No. 30 passes the region.

The National Meteorological Service reports that Cold Front No. 30 extends as a stationary front off the coast of Quintana Roo causing rain and intervals of showers along the Yucatan Peninsula. The associated cold air mass is causing a north event with wind gusts over 60 km/h in the Isthmus and the Gulf of Tehuantepec and Campeche and Yucatán.

The front is expected to continue moving away from the region while Cold Front No. 31 extends over the northern border of Mexico where it will create scattered rains and squalls in the northeast of the country. The associated cold air mass will also cause a drop in temperatures over the north and northeast of Mexico.

Graciela Elizabeth Ramos García of the National Meteorological Service says that while daytime temperatures will remain around 27 C for the Cancun-Riviera Maya region, the minimum will fall to 20 C during the nighttime hours, noting that cool temperatures with rain of between 25 mm and 50 mm are expected with wind gusts greater than 40 km/h for Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo over the next 96 hours.