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Mass of U.S. cold air reaches Yucatan Peninsula

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A U.S. cold front that has made its way to the Yucatan Peninsula is expected to stick around for another day. The mass of cold air arrived Monday, bringing with it strong winds that had some Riviera Maya ports close navigation to small vessels.

While a majority of the strong winds have subsided, the air remains cool with the official arrival of the U.S. system.

According to Mexico’s SMN (Servicio Meteorológico Nacional), cold front No. 6 continues to extend over the south of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is expected to interact with the monsoon trough that extends very close to the coasts of the Mexican South Pacific, causing showers and heavy rains along the Peninsula.

The mass of cold air that drives the front covers a large part of the country, maintaining a cold environment during Monday night and into Tuesday over states in the north, northeast, center, east and southeast of the Mexican Republic, including the Yucatan Peninsula.

SMN forecasters say the system will continue to hang around the Yucatan Peninsula at least until the end of Tuesday, when the front is expected to move toward the Caribbean Sea.

While it remains in the area, intervals of rain showers are possible along with coastal wind gusts of 60 km/h and waves of 2 to 4 meters high.

However, even with the arrival of the cold front, maximum daytime temperatures of 30 to 35 °C are still forecast for Yucatan and Quintana Roo.