Heavy rains forecast for Cancun, Riviera Maya

Cancun, Q.R. – Weather alerts are being put into motion in regard to the possibility of a tropical depression forming in the Caribbean Sea.

Although the National Hurricane Center says it is too early to be sure exactly when and where the storm may strike, they are warning there will be heavy rains and possible flooding along the Yucatán Channel that would likely include the Riviera Maya and Cancún.

The National Hurricane Center is saying that for now, analysis indicate strong winds in a northwesterly direction at upper levels combining with eastbound winds at low levels are creating cutting winds that could prevent the formation of an immediate storm.

However, it is possible that over the next few days, a high pressure center occurring in the Bahamas and heading for the central Caribbean could arrive with a mass of water into the Gulf of Mexico, producing heavy rains for the Yucatán, Cozumel, the Riviera Maya and Cancun. This mass rain system is anticipated to hit the region on Sunday or Monday, where it’s expected to move onto Florida for Monday or Tuesday.

Over the weekend, a broad trough of surface low pressure is expected to form in the southern portion of the Gulf of Mexico near the Yucatán Channel, which could result in areas of localized heavy rain as far west as Cozumel and Cancun.

The National Hurricane Center has tentatively scheduled a Sunday afternoon Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter mission near the Yucatán Peninsula. Regardless of whether the storm develops, the upper-level wind pattern is likely to set up a plume of deep, tropical moisture.

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