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Vacationers pack Cancun beaches as temps rebound and another U.S. cold front heads toward the region

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Quintana Roo beaches remain packed with vacationers despite the recent low nighttime temperatures. Several back-to-back cold fronts that navigated south from the U.S. hit the region during the holiday weekend.

The last cold front, number 20, saw state temperatures dip down to as low as 12C (53F), however, daytime temperatures rebounded to pleasant mid to high 20s (80F) resulting in busy beaches. On New Year’s Day, more than 15,000 hit the beaches of Cancun.

More than 15,000 people hit the beaches of Cancun on the first day of the New Year. Photo: Govt QR

Quintana Roo vacationers will need to brace for another bout of chilly nights though with the arrival of cold front 22. The mass of polar air is forecast to arrive over the Yucatan Peninsula Thursday. For Wednesday night, some areas of Quintana Roo can expect a low of 14C (55F).

Mexico’s Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) reports on Thursday, cold front No. 22 will extend over the eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican southeast, causing showers in Yucatan and Quintana Roo.

North winds will be responsible for the cool air and sea swells that may result in navigation being closed to smaller vessels. Coordinación Estatal de Protección Civil of Quintana Roo also reported on the arrival of the cold front with a drop in temperatures and the possibility of rain.

“Cold front 22 is located over the northeastern portion of the country causing fresh gusty winds from the north, a drop in temperature and rain with thunderstorms over its area of influence. It is expected that during Wednesday it will begin to move over the Gulf of Mexico.

“In Quintana Roo, partially cloudy skies will continue with increasing cloudiness during the day with a small probability of precipitation. Temperatures will be warm to hot during the day and mild to cool at night and early in the morning.”