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Riviera Maya temperatures drop to 16C with arrival of polar air

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A majority of the coast felt the cold air arrive Sunday with strong winds that resulted in more temporary post closures. Gusts in excess of 60 kms/h were reported around the state by Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN).

The SMN also reported sea swells of of 1 to 3 meters high on the coasts of Yucatán and the north of Quintana Roo, slightly less than the 2 to 4 meters reported in the Gulf of Tehuantepec.

Cold front 17 also generated several hours of rain along Quintana Roo coastal towns Sunday as the cold mass collided with Riviera Maya tropical air and temperatures took a sharp plummet.

Civil Protection warned of the inevitable temperature drop that saw many southern Quintana Roo towns dip down to between 16C (60F) and 17C (62F) late Sunday, temperatures that remained as of Monday morning.

The SMN reports that “for today, the cold air mass that drove frontal system No. 17 will keep the environment cold to very cold during the morning and evening over most of of the northern and central states of the national territory.”

Winds with gusts of 40 to 60 kms/h are in the Monday forecast for the coasts of Yucatán and north Quintana Roo. The gusts Sunday were to blame for the breaking of a weak tree that heavily damaged two cars.

The incident was reported in the Misión del Carmen residential area of Playa del Carmen Sunday as the system began to enter the region. The tree landed on the roof of a taxi. The top of the tree that extended to the other side of the street took out the back window of a private car.

Cold front 17 will continue to blanket most of the state Monday, however, daytime temperatures are expected to rebound from 16C to mid-20s (77F) until it moves off completely.