Riviera Maya, Q.R. — A mass of polar U.S. air is quickly making its way toward the Yucatan Peninsula. The area is bracing for another bout of strong winds as the cold air mixes with the above 35C temperatures of the Mexican Caribbean.
Mexico’s Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) says cold front no. 34 will quickly travel along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and in interaction with the subtropical jet stream, will generate rains in the east and southeast.
The polar air mass associated with the front will maintain the “North” event along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. The state of Quintana Roo is bracing for another bout of 60 to 80 km/h winds and waves of 1 to 3 meters high.
On Tuesday, cold front no. 34 will extend over the Yucatan Peninsula while during Wednesday and Thursday, it will prevail with stationary characteristics over the Peninsula, likely creating rain in the southeast.
“Cold Front number 34 will advance rapidly over the slope of the Gulf of Mexico and will interact with the subtropical jet stream, which will cause heavy occasional rains in Campeche and showers in Yucatán and Quintana Roo,” State Civil Protection (Coordinación Estatal de Protección Civil QRoo) reported in a statement Monday morning.
The mass of U.S. polar air associated with cold front 34 is moving fast and is expected to fully engulf the Peninsula by Tuesday.
It is the second cold air system to hit the region in a week. The last cold front, no. 32, reached the Yucatan Peninsula February 5 creating near hurricane wind gusts that felled trees, billboards and flooded the island streets of Holbox.
Strong winds are expected to stick around for a few days until the system moves off.