This Christmas weekend, snow surprised tourists in Cancun during the festivities. Also, low temperatures caused by Cold Front took over Cancun, keep reading to learn what to do in Cancun when it rains.
Cold Front Number 19 extends over the western Caribbean Sea, which caused a strong drop in temperature in Cancun, where even the fall of snow was recorded, and this surprised tourists and residents.
If you happened to be in the Hotel Zone of Cancun, you might have been delighted by snowflakes falling from the Cancun sky. Breaking news, it was not real snow, but artificial snow that was thrown as an entertainment strategy.
However, the drop in temperature was real, and caused the presence of sleet, leaving aside the traditional image of Caribbean paradise. The effect extends from Tamaulipas to the southeastern states of Tabasco, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Campeche, and Quintana Roo.
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Temperatures drop this winter in Cancun
This winter effect is even more noticeable due to wind gusts of 40 to 60 kilometers per hour on the coast of Veracruz, Tabasco, and the Yucatan Peninsula, so hoteliers did not miss the opportunity to give tourists the feeling of winter celebration for Christmas and in some areas, artificial snow was released.
This is while the east coast of the United States is in a serious emergency due to the winter storm, causing flight delays and cancellations for at least three consecutive days.
In terms of rainfall, there will be extraordinary precipitation (over 250 millimeters [mm]) in Chiapas and Tabasco, torrential (150 to 250 mm) in Veracruz, intense (75 to 150 mm) in Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatán, as well as very heavy (50 to 75 mm) in Oaxaca and Puebla.
Heavy rain is expected in the next couple of hours in the municipalities of Benito Juarez, José María Morelos, Lázaro Cárdenas, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad, Tulum y Bacalar.
We recommend keeping an eye on the Meteorological Services and Proteccion Civil of the State of Quintana Roo.
In the afternoons, the temperature is estimated to drop from 23°C to 19°C and not so heavy rains.
What to do in Cancun when it rains
Rain doesn’t mean boredom. If you’re spending your vacation in Cancun and rain happens to stop you from going out to the beach.
First, you can visit La Isla Shopping Village, where you can enjoy Ripley’s Museum, Ripley’s Impossible Laser Race and Mirror Maze, Chocolate Factory, and Cancun Wax Museum. All of these entertainment sites are great options for indoor activities for the whole family.
Consider access to the 3 main attractions for $29.90 USD:
- Ripley’s Believe It Or Not®
- Sky Wheel Cancun®
- Wax Museum Cancun
Going to the movies is also a nice option. Also at La Isla Shopping Village you can go to the cinema and enjoy premium facilities, the movie of your choice, and wait for the rain to go away.
Right in front of La Isla, you’ll spot the Mayan Museum or Museo Maya de Cancun. This museum houses one of the most significant archeological collections in the country. This not only includes the most relevant pieces of the state of Quintana Roo but emblematic pieces of places like Palenque, Chichen Itza, and Comalcalco, among others.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. (last access at 5:30 pm)
Prices: $70.00 MXN
Now you know, Christmas in Cancun isn’t ruined by rain or wind. You still need to keep up with the news forecast, take precautions, and overall remain calm. Enjoy your holidays and happy new year!