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June 1 marks beginning of Cancun, Riviera Maya hurricane season

Cancun, Q.R. —  With a wet start to the season and one already named subtropical storm, June 1 officially marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season for Cancun and Riviera Maya.

Predictions earlier in the year said that 2018 would be busy, comparable to last year when the region experienced a hyperactive and extremely destructive season with 17 named storms, making it the fifth most active season since 1851 and the most active since 2012.

Analysts said that predictions for the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico will be similar to the hyperactive season of 2017 from beginning to end with some landfalls. This year, analysts predict 12 named storms and six hurricanes, two of which they say will become a Category 3 or higher.

According to NOAA, hurricane season may begin in June, but sometimes tropical storms form before the month arrives, noting that approximately 97 percent of the storms will occur during the marked season dates.

The remaining 3 percent will occur outside of the set June to November season as was the case with subtropical storm Alberto that developed off the coast of Cancun May 25.

The remaining 2018 list of named storms for the Atlantic Basin are Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Issac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Raphael, Sarah, Toney, Valerie and William.

Already in May, Cancun and Riviera Maya experienced several thunderstorms that pounded the region, flooding streets and closing nautical activity to small tourist boats.

Mexico City was also victim to one storm so severe the Benito Juarez International Airport had to shut down operations for nearly two hours while they waited out the intense rain.

Playa del Carmen meteorologist Luis Antonio Morales Ocaña says that temperatures for the summer months are expected to reach record levels again this year and is warning Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya residents to brace for an extremely hot summer.