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Heavy to very heavy rains possible for Riviera Maya this weekend

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Heavy to very heavy rains are possible this weekend in the state of Quintana Roo. The anticipated rainfall will arrive ahead of a mass of polar air from the U.S.

The cold front, number 35, is making its way to the Yucatan Peninsula. It is expected to enter the region during the early hours of Sunday creating heavy to very heavy rains.

In a Saturday advisory, State Civil Protection (Coordinación Estatal de Protección Civil QRoo) reported “the approach to the Peninsular region by Cold Front number 35 and the prefrontal trough (low pressure channel) that accompanies it and the entry of humidity from the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico will cause an increase in cloudiness and the potential for rain over the state of Quintana Roo.

“There will be partially cloudy skies with an increase in cloudiness during the course of the day, moderate rains with occasional heavy rains and showers accompanied by electrical activity, more frequent in the afternoon and night over some areas of the state.”

Temperatures, according to State Civil Protection, will be hot during the day, around 27C (80F) and mild at dawn, especially in rural areas where lows of between 14C (57F) and 16C (60F) are likely.

The possibility of heavy rains are forecast due to the displacement of Cold Front 35 that will gradually begin affecting the State of Quintana Roo Sunday.

“Moderate rains with very strong occasional showers accompanied by electrical activity over the majority of the state with gusts of winds of 60 to 80 kms/h during the afternoon-night of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday the 20th, losing intensity on Wednesday,” Civil Protection added.

Municipal Civil Protection of Tulum has issued a weather advisory due to the likeliness of the heavy rains. Dirección General de Proteccion Civil y Bomberos Tulum has reported “storm potential for this weekend.”

“Late Saturday and early Sunday, the pre-frontal trough, that is, a prior instability that accompanies cold front No. 35, is expected to generate a probability of very strong rainfall intensity in Tulum. The presence of waterspouts, which are small whirlwinds in the sea of short duration, is not ruled out,” they reported.

“The frontal system is expected to fully enter the municipality on Sunday afternoon, so the drop in temperature will begin to be experienced at dawn on Monday, February 19, being more notable in the later days.”

In a Saturday morning weather update, Tulum Civil Protection reported “starting late tonight and into the early hours of tomorrow, chance of VERY HEAVY rain accompanied by THUNDERSTORM CONDITIONS.

“It is recommended to take extreme precautions at night due to possible storms that could be generated, so if possible, avoid driving on the road at night. Tomorrow during the day these stormy conditions are expected to continue until the entry of cold front No. 35 in the evening.”