Perfect Storm Of Winter Temperatures And COVID Restrictions Affecting Cancun Tourists
Winter storms working their way through the US and Canada are impacting Cancun and the greater Quintana Roo region. Flight cancellations and colder weather combing with COVID could cause some issues for those hoping to head to the popular destination this week.
The Mexican Caribbean isn’t the first place one thinks of when considering winter storms. But unfortunately, even the otherwise wonderful climate of the Mexico Riviera can be negatively affected by power Arctic fronts.
The east coast of the United States is currently being pummeled by a strong winter storm, covering many areas in a blanket of snow or ice. Unfortunately for Cancun, the weather is affecting its tourist experience in a multitude of ways, meaning those heading to the resort town this week may be in for a disappointing experience.
At the most simplistic level, mass cancelations in the US mean that many travelers are unable to leave their home cities at the moment. Airports like Charlotte were heavily affected, canceling as much as 90% of their flights. Although Charlotte only registered three flights to Cancun on Sunday, with all three canceled, the airport is an important connection hub for American airlines causing further disruption throughout.
With another front heading through the country in the latter part of the week, any passengers are strongly advised to keep on top of the weather situation in their region or any connecting airport’s region to avoid any disruption and make alternate plans for their trip.
For those that make it to Cancun this week, it may not be all sunshine and rainbows. The Arctic front currently ravaging the US has made its way South and is impacting the weather in the Quintana Roo region.
Those anticipating a week of the sun may find themselves disappointed as cloud cover, rain, heavy wind, and lower temperatures creep in. Although the weather will be nowhere near as cold as anywhere further North, the comparative chill may be a letdown for those anticipating long beach days and to enjoy comfortably cool evenings.
Morning and night temperatures are expected to be brisk, falling as low as the fifties, while most daytime temperatures will struggle to get past 74 degrees. The wind may be the biggest concern for many though, with gusts of wind as powerful as 37 mph.
Up the coast in Celestun and Sisal, popular tourist spots were left empty as the windy conditions and lower temperatures kept people away from the typical busy beaches. Restaurants and other establishments noted a considerable loss in business for the day.
Many fishermen functioning along the Yucatan Coast were unable to head to see over the weekend, as the conditions worsened. Many of the fishing outfits deemed the sea too dangerous.
To add even more potential dampeners on the week, COVID infections in the region continue to rise, which recently prompted a return to the yellow traffic light designation on the country’s epidemiological scale.
Restaurants and hotels are currently forced to operate at significantly reduced capacity, along with most tourists attractions in the region. Bars and cantinas are rewarded to be closed, although many will work around the regulations by offering food.
Those establishments able to stay open under the new restrictions will also have limited working hours, and even stricter hours if they serve alcohol.
All in all, it’s an uncertain week for tourists heading to Cancun. Hopefully, the weather does not play out as badly as forecast, and those on their way can enjoy the sun.
All travelers are again reminded to keep abreast of changes to COVID regulations and any weather issues to ensure they avoid disappointment or other issues.
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