Last updated on September 2, 2018
Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The National Meteorological Service says 25 of Mexico’s states are in for rain storms over the next 24 hours with varying intensities. The state of Quintana Roo is one of the states they say will likely see thunderstorms combined with high daytime temperatures.
They say that tropical wave number 32 in southern Baja California Sur and tropical wave 33 in the southeast are areas with the greatest instability. They report intense rain storms for Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas, and very strong storms in areas of Durango, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacán, Guerrero, Zacatecas and Guanajuato.
Strong thunderstorms are forecast for Chihuahua, Aguascalientes, Colima, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Puebla, Tlaxcala, State of Mexico, Mexico City, Morelos, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo with daytime temperatures of between 35C and 40C.
The meteorological service adds that Tropical Storm Norman has developed from Tropical Depression 16-E in the Pacific during the early morning hours of Tuesday. The system is located 775 kilometers southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, with winds of 95 km/h, gusts of 110 km/h.
In the Atlantic, a small low pressure system has formed in association with a tropical wave. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says additional development is anticipated over the next several days that could see the development of a tropical depression.
Historically, the months of September and October are the most active in the Mexican Caribbean, however, there are yet to be any major developments.
Roberto Vargas Arzate, director of Civil Protection says that Quintana Roo remains vulnerable to the formation of hurricanes even though canicula, the hottest time of year, has come to an official end. He says that that although so far the state has been “benevolent”, it’s important to not lower your guard.
Vargas Arzate notes that in the past, September and October are the months when major hurricanes have hit the region including Gilberto (September 10, 1988) and Wilma, (October 21, 2005), however, an update from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a quieter than average hurricane season for the Atlantic.