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Winds, heavy rain take Playa by surprise

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – A surprise squall hit Playa del Carmen yesterday afternoon, bringing high winds and heavy rains to the region.

A squall, which is a sudden and strong increase in the wind speed usually associated with storms, surprised many. Meteorologist Luis Antonio Morales Ocaña forecast the system, saying that a squall was entering state territory and would affect Playa del Carmen.

By late afternoon, strong winds began along with heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning. The weather system was short-lived, delivering several millimeters of much needed rain.

For the next 24 to 48 hours, the National Meteorological Service reports stationary front No. 49, which is located on the surface of the southern portion of the Gulf of Mexico and north of the Yucatan Peninsula, to be interacting with a weak pre-frontal channel of low pressure. Both systems are causing crisp winds with cloudiness and rains in the southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Tropical maritime air with variable moisture content from the Caribbean Sea to the Yucatan Peninsula is being driven by the extensive peripheral circulation of a weak pre-frontal low pressure channel.

The system will remain stationary, conserving the wave of very hot temperatures during the day and at night with wind, cloudiness with scattered rains accompanied by showers and occasional electrical activity in some zones of the state of Quintana Roo.

Much of the coastal region of the state of Quintana Roo can expect partly cloudy to cloudy skies with  occasional showers accompanied by electrical activity which will become more frequent in the afternoon or night. Daytime temperatures will remain hot with winds east/northeast from 15 to 25 kmp/h, with occasional gusts of 50 km / h.