Mexico: Cold front reinforced by new influx of polar air

Mexico is dealing with a strong cold front, which will move inland from the North of the Yucatan Peninsula into the Southeast and the centre of the country. It’s a big mass of intense polar air that will keep a very cold environment, including strong winds, heavy rain and fog banks in these regions. SMN, Servicio Meteorológico Nacional, official source of the Government of Mexico, publishes the following forecast.

Source: SMN Mexico

For today, it’s mentioned that the cold air mass will be reinforced by a new impulse of polar air, with conditions such as morning frosts in the North, cold to very cold weather conditions in the Northeast, centre and West of the country. There is the potential for heavy rainfall in eastern and southeastern state. As well a potential of snow and sleet is forecast for the mountain area, such as Nuevo León and Tamaulipas during the first few hours of the day. Including very strong winds in the North exceeding 90 km/h in the Isthmus and Gulf of Tehuantepec, greater 80km/h on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and greater than 60 km/h in the Yucatan Peninsula. 

It’s expected that the cold weather conditions will still be there on the 4th of January, but will slowly move away from the national territory. Nonetheless, it will still be very cold, with morning frosts in the Northwest, and low temperatures in the North, Northeast, Centre and East of the country. The gusts in the highland will begin to weaken from tomorrow on. 

Source: SMN Mexico

In the picture above it’s easier to see the position of the cold front and how it’s moving. To give a better idea of which regions are most likely to be involved:

Snow, sleet or freezing rain
Norte de Coahuila
Nuevo León
Pico de Orizaba
Cofre de Perote

Intense rainfall

Very heavy rainfall

Heavy rainfall
Quintana Roo

Most of the above mentioned regions are known for fresh produce production. For example limes from Veracruz and Yucatán, but as well tropical fruit such a mango, banana and papaya are produced in these regions. Freshplaza will give an update soon on the possible effect that this cold weather circumstances might have. 

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