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Cancun left under water after system dumps 81mm

Cancun, Q.R. — A Saturday system that passed over the northern region of Quintana Roo left Cancun soaked. Several parts of the city were left temporarily underwater after more than 80mm of rain fell in less than two hours.

Cancun Mayor Ana Patricia Peralta reported 81mm of rain fell in around an hour-and-a-half. She said it was the heaviest rainfall for the city so far this year.

Peralta reported the most affected intersections were Andrés Quintana Roo Avenue with Kabah. Brigades were deployed around the city to deal with the backed up water.

The Yucatan Peninsula has had a week of ongoing afternoon thunderstorms. Last week, every afternoon saw blue skies turn dark as a new system rolled in. Varying regions of Quintana Roo were affected differently. Some areas were soaked with heavy downpours while others were misted with a light rain.

On Saturday afternoon, the latest system to pass over the region unleased on the city of Cancun, leaving numerous central areas underwater. City personnel were out in full force helping unclog drains, while others were assisting stranded motorists.

José Antonio de la Torre Chambe, the General Director of Public Services for Cancun, said motorists reported other flooded areas that included Avenida Coba, Palenque, Chichen Itzá, Xcaret and Yaxchilán with Kabah.

According to Mexico’s Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), the Peninsula will see a break from the rain in the coming week. Weather forecasts for the next several days are hot and humid rain-free days.

The SMN has issued a heat advisory for 20 of the country’s states. According the weather agency, “the third heat wave will prevail with temperatures above 40 C (104 F) to even 45 C (113 F) in 20 states of the country.” The state of Quintana Roo is on that list.