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Riviera Maya soaked and cold after ongoing torrential rains

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Riviera Maya is attempting to dry out after an evening of torrential rains. A low pressure system hit the state’s central region around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, leaving a majority of Playa del Carmen streets under water.

Playa del Carmen Boulevard in centro is left completely underwater due to the cold front. Photo: November 14, 2023.

According to State Civil Protection, nearly 50 mms of rain fell in less than an hour which was followed by ongoing showers. Other agencies had forecast as much as 73 mms of rain for the region. Rains finally began to let up around 9:00 p.m. after soaking the central coast.  

PDC workers were out unclogging drains in flooded residential areas. Photo: SPC Solidaridad November 14, 2023.

The storm arrived in Riviera Maya after hitting Cancun earlier in the day. Numerous low lying streets around Cancun experienced severe flooding due to the heavy rains. Civil Protection has reported a drop in temperatures to as low as 17C (62F) in some areas in the center and south of the state. In Riviera Maya, nighttime temperatures are forecast to remain around 19C (66F) for the next few days.

One side of a main street in Cancun left motorists nearly unable to pass. Photo: November 14, 2023.

Isla Mujeres was also hit hard by the system. Municipal workers scrambled in the wet weather to unclog drains to prevent additional flooding after recording more than 30 mms of sudden rainfall.

Two men attempt to deliver gas to a home on Isla Mujeres after a sudden 30 mm rainfall. Photo: November 13, 2023.

Dozens of Chetumal neighborhoods were also affected by the cold front that arrived with 30 to 40 km/hour winds. Lighter rains are expected to start up again Wednesday.

“Cloudy skies with isolated rains and drizzle, weak variable winds that will be set to the north and in the afternoon or night will increase with strong gusts and a drop in temperatures after the passage of Cold Front Number 9,” state authorities have reported for Wednesday.