Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A large cold front from the U.S. is forecast to reach the Yucatan Peninsula for the holiday weekend. The massive system began to enter Mexican territory Thursday.
By Saturday, it is expected to reach the Yucatan Peninsula, causing a significant drop in temperatures and generating heavy rain and strong winds. According to the Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), Cold Front No. 19 will arrive as a mass of arctic air from the U.S. and generate rains and very strong wind gusts across the north and northeast.
The SMN says that the arctic air mass will enter Mexico and quickly travel through the north and northeast of the country, causing strong gusts of wind and a marked drop in temperatures that could result in sleet or snow in mountainous areas of Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas.
When the system arrives over the Yucatan Peninsula Saturday, the Cancun and Riviera Maya region are forecast to experience numerous thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain and strong winds that could see up to 75mm of rain in Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.
On December 25, the SMN reports the possibility of 75 to 150 mm of rainfall in Veracruz, Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche and Quintana Roo with gusts of 60 to 80 kms/h along the coasts of Tamaulipas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.
This same system is currently affecting thousands of flights across the U.S. Midwest during the busy holiday season.