Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A cold front that is forecast to enter the Yucatan Peninsula tonight will have area residents likely waking up to rain. Mexico’s Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) says the arrival of Cold Front 41 will bring rain and thunderstorms to the entire peninsula.
The “north event” will cross the Gulf of Mexico Thursday night, reaching the Yucatan Peninsula Friday morning. The SMN forecasts heavy rains for the state of Quintana Roo with its arrival.
The same system will likely generate hail in Campeche, Chiapas and Tabasco.
The mass of cold air driving the front will cause a “north event”, creating wind gusts of 60 to 70 km/h along the coast of Tabasco and Tamaulipas, which, during the early morning hours, will extend to the coasts of Campeche and Yucatán. With the gusts, the SMN says waves of 1 to 3 meters in height are expected.
At the moment, between 6mm and 9mm of rain is forecast for the coast from Holbox to Mahahual during differnt points of the day Friday as the cold front enters the region. According to SMN, Cold Front 41 will stick around for a few days.
Daytime temperatures will remain hot, however, averaging above 30 C, but perhaps not as hot as last weekend when Cancun and Riviera Maya were warned of scorching 45 C days.