Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Cold front to bring rain and low temperatures across Mexico

The twelfth cold front of the season is now moving along the Gulf of Mexico coastline, interacting with moisture from the Pacific to bring low temperatures and heavy rain to much of the country.

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) predicts torrential rain (150-250mm) in areas of Chiapas, Tabasco and Veracruz on Monday, with intense rain (75-150mm) in parts of Oaxaca and Puebla, and heavy to very heavy rains across eastern Mexico.

Low pressure systems and Pacific moisture will also cause heavy to very heavy rains in Nayarit, Colima, Jalisco, Michoacán and Guerrero, while Mexico’s northwestern and central states will experience scattered showers.

The SMN warns that the heaviest rains will be accompanied by lightning and hail with a high chance of flooding in low-lying regions. Residents are advised to stay alert to further forecasts and follow recommendations from Civil Protection authorities.

Meanwhile, a mass of polar air is expected to trigger a so-called “Norte,” which will cause gusts of wind of 80-100 kilometers per hour and waves 3-5 meters high on the coasts of Veracruz and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Lighter winds of 40-60 kilometers per hour will sweep Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas, with tornadoes possible. Waterspouts, which are tornadoes that form over bodies of water, could also be seen off the coast of Tamaulipas, where waves will reach 2-3 meters high.

Temperatures will be cold across much of the country, particularly in high-altitude regions of northern and central Mexico. The mercury could drop as low as -10 degrees Celsius in the mountains of Baja California, Chihuahua and Durango, and -5 degrees Celsius in Coahuila, México state, Puebla, Sonora and Zacatecas.

Nevertheless, some regions of the country will continue to see high temperatures, with maximums of 40 degrees Celsius in Campeche, Guerrero, Michoacán, Quintana Roo, Yucatán and the coasts of Chiapas and Oaxaca; maximum temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius are forecast in Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa.

The forecast for the Valley of Mexico is cloudy and cool throughout the morning, becoming more temperate during the afternoon, with scattered rains. Temperatures in the capital on Monday will vary between 9 and 22 degrees Celsius.

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