GOES-16 satellite image showing cloud patterns over the Yucatan Peninsula with annotations for locations and weather phenomena, timestamped June 20, 2024, at 12:36 UTC.

Severe Weather Shuts Down Isla Mujeres Port

The Isla Mujeres port continues to be closed for all vessels, including those exceeding 40 feet in length. This is due to weather forecasts predicting rain, high winds, and large waves, expected to continue into Thursday. The weather outlook includes partly cloudy skies with 59% cloud cover, relative humidity at 84%, and a 60% chance of isolated showers ranging from 20 to 30 mm, most likely during daylight hours. Temperatures are expected to slightly drop, with a high of 30°C, a low of 27°C, a heat index peaking at 35°C, and a UV index of 11, indicating an extreme risk of sun exposure without adequate protection.

The only vessels permitted to operate in these conditions are route ships in the bay. These will be sailing with the wind coming from the east and east-southeast at speeds of 28 to 33 km/h, with gusts reaching 35 to 45 km/h. Passengers will experience wave heights of 1.6 to 1.7 meters. For the Quintana Roo coast, winds are forecasted from the southeast at 37 to 46 km/h, with gusts from 56 to 65 km/h, and wave heights from 3 to 3.6 meters.

According to meteorological reports, a low-pressure area located southeast of the Yucatan Peninsula, combined with the influx of tropical marine air with high moisture content, will maintain mostly cloudy skies over Quintana Roo throughout the day. This will result in a rainstorm with very strong spot showers of 50 to 75 mm over most of the state. Warm to hot humid conditions are anticipated during the day, with southeast winds gusting from 50 to 70 km/h. There is also potential for the formation of waterspouts along the state's coast.