The tropical weather season is ramping up again in the eastern Pacific Ocean near Los Cabos.
Tropical Storm Lidia is churning out in the sea hundreds of miles to the southwest of Los Cabos. However, it is expected to turn towards the Mexican Pacific Coast.
Projected Path of Lidia
The last updated path of Tropical Storm Lidia had it turning east and heading towards the Pacific Coast of Mexico early in the week.
The projections are that the tropical storm will increase to hurricane one strength and then decline before hitting near Tepic in the State of Nayarit, between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, sometime on Wednesday.
It is expected to have maximum sustained winds of 63 mph and wind gusts to 75 mph at the time Lidia enters Mexico.
The good news for Los Cabos and Baja California Sur is that the beach resort destination is not currently included in the forecast cone of probability for the main impact of Lidia.
However, it will come close enough, similar to Hurricane Hilary, to have some significant weather impacts in Los Cabos.
Impact to Los Cabos
The projected path of Tropical Storm Lidia will be close enough to Los Cabos to have some significant impact on the weather in the area.
Mexican weather forecasters are predicting the initial impact from Tropical Storm Lidia will be considerable cloudiness in the area early in the weekend, will expectations for heavy to very heavy rainfall starting late in the weekend through early in week.
Waves will continue to increase in size as the storm moves closer to Los Cabos during the weekend. The potential for dangerous ocean conditions has local safety officials proactively posting yellow and red flags at several tourist beaches.
Posting of Warning Flags on Beaches
During the weekend, warning flags were posted by Los Cabos municipal safety authorities at local beaches to protect visitors to the beach resort destination.
Yellow flags, or a warning of extreme caution for those entering the water, was posted at Palmilla, Acapulquito, El Corsario, Santa María, El Chileno, El Médano and El Surgidero beaches.
This warning level covers many of the typical tourist beaches in Los Cabos.
Red flags, which absolutely prohibit visitors from entering the ocean, was seen flying at Las Viudas, La Ribera and the San José del Cabo tourist corridor beaches.
Tourists who enter the water at red-flag beaches are at extreme risk of danger and will be cited, if not arrested, by Los Cabos municipal law enforcement.
It should be noted that the ocean conditions from Tropical Storm Lidia are constantly changing, and visitors to Los Cabos should observe the posted flag colors in place at the time of visiting the beach. They may be different from this story.
Lifeguards are also on hand at the local beaches in Los Cabos to help answer any questions from travelers to the area and discuss the current flag color and ocean conditions.
Information for Visitors
It might not be the best few days to be visiting Los Cabos with the dark skies, heavy rainfall, and limited or closed beach access.
However, tourists should feel comfortable knowing that Los Cabos is prepared for any adverse weather and local authorities are constantly monitoring the path of Tropical Storm Lidia and the potential impact on Los Cabos.
Nonetheless, visitors planning to travel to Los Cabos in the next seven days should be prepared for tropical weather conditions, such as high winds and heavy rain, and should purchase travel insurance to be prepared for the situation.
The good news is there are plenty of fun things to do in Los Cabos, even when the weather is poor due to tropical weather.
Along with the great resort amenities, there are great spas, restaurants, and plenty of cultural experiences to enjoy on a rainy Los Cabos vacation getaway.
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