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High winds paralyze water activities for much of coast

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – Playa del Carmen continues to deal with strong winds and stronger wind gusts that have seen nautical activities nearly paralyzed.

Winds of up to 50 kms / hour have been reported in several parts of the region, making water activities such as jet skiing and parasailing impossible. There are approximately 500 people who rely on water tourism for their livelihood, many of which say they have been left with complete economical losses for most of this week.

Over the weekend, approximately 15 tours were cancelled due to high seas. Visitors seeking the chance to snorkel and sport fish were also out of luck as the port continues to remain closed to small vessels due to the strong winds and high waves.

Civil Protection reports that local beaches are still averaging about 3,000 visitors per day but that the high winds are expected to persist until Thursday. Meteorologist Jaime Villasano Espejo reports that a weak cold front and low pressure channel, both of which are located on the surface of the Yucatan Peninsula, are moving slowly to the east-southeast.

They are responsible for the sudden cool temperatures and high winds in the Riviera Maya region. The weather forecast for the central Quintana Roo coastline from Cancun to Tulum is partly cloudy to cloudy days with possible scattered showers and cool winds from the west-northwest. Winds of 25 to 35 km/hour will continue with guests reaching up to 50 kms.

For the remainder of the week, daytime temperatures will hover around 21C but recover to 30C for the weekend. Due to the current cold front, minimum temperatures will be between  17C and 19C.

The State Coordination of Civil Protection sends a public advisory to continue taking precautions with water activities along the coast of Quintana Roo and the Yucatan Channel due to high winds and waves.

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