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Best time to visit Cancun

The best time to visit Cancun is during the dry season from mid-November to April. You can expect sunny, dry days with an average daytime temperature of 28°C (84°F).

Cancun Weather

Cancun has two distinct seasons: the cooler, dry season from mid-November to April and the hot, wet season from May to mid-November.

Winter dry season temperatures average highs of 30°C (86°F) in November, 28°C (84°F) in December and January, 29°C (84°F) in February, 30°C (86°F) in March and 32°C (90°F) in April, which are the driest and receive the most sunshine.

Summer, from June to October, is the rainy season and brings temperatures ranging from 27°C (81°F) to a high of 36°C (97°F). Season highs climb to 32ºC (90°F) in May, and 33ºC (91°F) between June and September.

June to October is the hurricane season and receives occasional storms that may last for days. September and October receive the most rainfall, which typically falls as short but heavy tropical downpours.

Sea temperature averages 27°C (81°F) year round peaking at 29°C (84°F) between July and October.

Seasons

High season: Mid-December to April.

Low season: From May to mid-December, when prices at many hotels drop by 10 to 30 per cent.

Cancun – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 24 25 26 27 29 29 29 30 29 27 26 25
Ave High Temp (°C) 28 29 30 32 33 33 33 34 33 31 30 28
Ave Low Temp (°C) 20 20 21 23 24 25 25 25 24 23 22 20
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 8 9 10 10 11 10 11 11 9 8 8 8
Daylight (Hrs daily) 11 11 12 13 13 14 13 13 12 12 11 11
Comfort Level Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon
Ave Humidity (%) 81 79 79 77 77 79 77 78 80 80 81 79
UV Index 7 9 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 9 8 7
Days with some Rain 9 5 5 4 7 11 9 9 13 16 11 10
Ave Rainfall (mm) 105 50 46 29 89 140 70 88 184 282 128 90
Sea Temp (°C) 26 26 26 27 28 28 29 29 29 29 28 27
(Cancun, Mexico) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Cancun – Monthly Review

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from the Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) – Mexico's national weather organisation.


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Latest update: Best time to visit Cancun: 18 November, 2018


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