Heavy rains for Cancun, Riviera Maya yet to arrive

Cancun, Q.R. – Only a few weeks until Cancun and the Riviera Maya brace for what weather experts are saying, could be a wet two months.

The National Water Commission (Conagua) is forecasting September to be a very wet month, with a historical September rainfall of 207 millimeters. They also say that when it comes to weather in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, September 15 to October 15 is the area’s most vulnerable hurricane period.

So far this month, the usual heavy rains have not been recorded in the state of Quintana Roo. Instead, the state has only seen 34.1 millimeters of its normal average of 141 millimeters of rainfall.

Jose Manuel Aviles Lopez, Project Manager for the National Water Commission, says that over the next while temperatures will remain about the same but with the addition of occasional rainfall. This rainfall will likely extend from Campeche to the northern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Normally, Quintana Roo sees about 141 millimeters of rain during the month of August and even more in the months of September and October. These months are also the most likely times the area will experience hurricane activity.

According to Aviles Lopez, “Historically, we are talking about the period with the greatest chances of cyclone activity in the Atlantic.”

So far in the Yucatan, it has rained 91.4 milliliters or 64 percent of the predicted rainfall, while in Campeche, they’ve received 46 percent of anticipated rainfall. In Quintana Roo, only 24 percent of the normal rainfall has arrived.

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