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Meteorologists monitoring possible weekend tropical depression for Cancun, Riviera Maya

Last updated on February 8, 2021

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Local meteorologists are monitoring three systems in the North Atlantic, two of which are deemed likely to develop further. One of those systems, a tropical wave located over the eastern Caribbean Sea, currently has its trajectory set for the coast of Quintana Roo.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the system is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms along with gusty winds. They report showers and thunderstorms continue to become better organized in association with the tropical wave and accompanying broad area of low
pressure over the central Caribbean Sea.

The agency says satellite imagery suggests that the circulation is becoming better defined and if
these development trends continue, they add that a tropical depression is likely to form today or tonight as the system approaches the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

By the weekend, however, the wave is forecast to move toward the Yucatan Peninsula with a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression by the weekend. The National Hurricane Center says interests in the Yucatan Peninsula should closely monitor its progress. Regardless of development, this disturbance will likely produce heavy rains across a large portion of Central America and southeastern Mexico late this week and this weekend.

Coordinación Estatal de Protección Civil Quintana Roo has posted advisories on social media asking area residents to stay informed of any possible developments of the system.