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Get out the blankets! Weekend temperatures to decrease with arrival of polar air mass

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Yucatan Peninsula residents will be digging in their closets this weekend after the arrival of a polar air mass. Approaching cold front 31 will result in a significant decrease in night time and early morning temperatures for the entire Yucatan Peninsula.

On Sunday, cold front 31 is forecast to hit the region generating moderate amounts of rain and a drop in temperatures. Residents will see a dip from the week’s daytime highs of 35C to 45C (95F to 113F) to a mere 26C (78F) in most areas.

The Yucatan and Quintana Roo regions will see daytime temperatures around half of what was experienced this past week.

Guillermo Núñez Leal, the General Director of the State Coordination of Civil Protection for Quintana Roo says the system is moving east-southeast causing a drop in temperatures, with gusty winds from the north along with cloudiness and rain over its area of influence. He says system 31 will gradually influence the Yucatan Peninsula and Quintana Roo.

According to the National Meteorological Service (SMN), the climate clash is expected to produce around 25 millimeters of rain in some central areas and cause regional night time temperatures drop to as low as 14C (57F).

The mass of polar air arriving from the U.S. is likely to begin affecting the Yucatan Peninsula with rain late Saturday. The Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) reports that by Sunday, the cold air will blanket a majority of the state, affecting temperatures from Cancun to the far southern regions including Mahahual by Monday.

That mass of polar air is likely to stick around until Tuesday, however, rain is currently only forecast for the coastal areas Sunday with a possibility for Monday. Approximately 8 millimeters of rain is expected for Sunday with the full arrival of the polar air.