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Wet weekend forecast with arrival of back-to-back cold fronts

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A wet weekend is forecast for the entire state of Quintana Roo with the arrival of another cold front. Rains along the coast are expected to begin Saturday and continue into Sunday while temperatures continue to be affected by stationery Cold Front 13 that arrived Wednesday.

Cold Front 16 is forecast to wreak a bit of havoc along the Quintana Roo coast as more cold U.S. air arrives and mixes with the local warm temperatures. Low pressure channels over the west, center and southeast of the region, combined with the entry of humidity from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, are forecast to generate showers.

According to the SMN (Servicio Meteorológico Nacional) rain of between 5mm and 25mms is expected for the state’s northern regions Friday. Those accumulations increase for the weekend.

For the weekend, another cold front (No.16) will enter the north and northeast of the country generating strong gusts of wind and a marked drop in temperatures. According to the SMN, Cold front No. 16 is forecast to move quickly over the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, increasing the probability of heavy rains in eastern and southeastern states including the Yucatan Peninsula.

The SMN reports occasional heavy rains of up to 50 mms are likely for Saturday, while nighttime and morning temperatures will continue to be chilly due to Cold Front 13. However, daytime temperatures for the Cancun-Riviera Maya region are forecast to recover to between 30 to 35C degrees.

With the arrival of Cold front No. 16, gusts of 50 to 70 km/h and waves of 1 to 2 meters high are expected along the coast of Quintana Roo. It will be the second cold front to affect the region this week.

The entire Yucatan Peninsula continues to be affected by Cold Front 13 that arrived Wednesday. The front has caused a significant decrease in nighttime and morning wakeup temperatures. Image: SMN December 8, 2023.

Strong winds that arrived with the entrance of Cold Front 13 on Wednesday caused ports to close navigation to small vessels. The Secretary of the Navy (Semar) issued high sea warnings late Wednesday morning when gusts began to increase due to the arrival of the cold air.

In areas around Cozumel, Semar reported gusts as high as 55 kms/hour. The strong winds also left smaller Isla Mujeres boats docked for the day. However, ferry service from Puerto Juárez/Punta Sam to Isla Mujeres and vice versa were in operation.