Mexico Weather

Above photo: Mayan fortress at Tulum © Photo courtesy of Bruno Girin, Wikimedia Commons
 
Tulum, Mexico

Best time to visit Mexico


The best time to visit Mexico is in November, after the rainy season and before the peak tourist season in December.

Plan to visit the highlands in summer and the coast in winter for the best weather conditions.

However, anytime of the year is good if you make allowances for the rain in summer, the cold in winter, and for sudden changes in temperature from the low-lying coastal regions to the elevated inland areas.

Mexico has two main weather seasons: winter, from mid-October to April, is the dry season; summer, from May to mid-October, is the rainy season; rain generally falls as short tropical showers.

Mexico’s climate varies according to its topography: Mexico City is temperate year round and ranges between 10°C (50°F) in winter and 25°C (77°F) in summer; Merida (near Chichén Itzá) averages 20°C (68°F) in winter and from 27°C (81°F) to 32°C (90°F) in summer; Acapulco and Cancun average 26°C (79°F) year round but can reach 32°C (90°F) in summer.

 

Mexico City Weather Guide

Average Temperature (°C) 13 14 16 18 18 18 17 18 17 17 15 12
Daytime Average High (°C) 21 22 24 25 25 24 22 23 23 23 22 20
Night-time Average Low (°C) 5 6 7 10 11 12 12 12 12 10 7 5
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 10 10 11 11 11 9 8 8 7 8 10 10
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Comfort Level – Heat & Humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity
UV Index 9 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 8
Days with some Rain 3 3 5 11 16 18 22 19 20 12 5 3
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 10 20 10 20 30 40 60 40 90 20 20 10
(Mexico City, Mexico) J F M A M J J A S O N D
 

Cancun Weather Guide

Average Temperature (°C) 24 25 26 27 29 29 29 30 29 27 26 25
Average High Temperature (°C) 28 29 30 32 33 33 33 34 33 31 30 28
Average Low Temperature (°C) 20 20 21 23 24 25 25 25 24 23 22 20
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 8 9 10 10 11 10 11 11 9 8 8 8
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 11 12 13 13 14 13 13 12 12 11 11
Comfort Level – Heat & Humidity 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
Average Relative 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
Average Monthly Rainfall (mm) 105 50 46 29 89 140 70 88 184 282 128 90
Sea Temperature (°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
 

Puerto Vallarta Weather Guide

Average Temperature (°C) 21 21 22 23 25 27 28 28 28 27 25 22
Average High Temperature (°C) 29 29 29 30 32 33 33 34 34 34 32 30
Average Low Temperature (°C) 16 16 17 18 21 24 24 24 24 23 20 18
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 10 10 11 12 12 9 8 8 7 9 10 10
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Comfort Level – Heat & Humidity Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon High heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon
Average Relative Humidity (%) 90 90 88 87 87 88 92 92 93 91 89 90
UV Index 7 9 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 8 7
Days with some Rain 2 1 - - 1 10 15 15 14 5 1 2
Average Monthly Rainfall (mm) 25 7 6 7 11 210 360 315 360 120 13 19
Sea Temperature (°C) 25 24 24 24 26 28 29 30 29 29 28 26
(Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) J F M A M J J A S O N D
 

Seasons


High season:

From mid-December until the end of Easter in April.

Low season:

From end of Easter to mid-December, when hotel prices may drop up to 50 per cent. In the major beach destinations prices can revert to high season during July and August, the traditional Mexican summer holiday period.

In Playa del Carmen, on the Yucatán Peninsula, high season starts earlier and includes August.

Latest update on this honeymoon destination: 2 December, 2014
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