Mexico Weather & Mexico Seasons
Mexico’s weather is enjoyable year-round, but October to May tend to be the most pleasant months to visit. From May to September Mexico’s weather is very hot and humid, particularly in southern Mexico. During the winter months, of December to February, inland Mexico weather temperatures can reach freezing. In general, visitors to Mexico can expect hot, humid weather along the coastal plains and drier temperatures at higher inland destinations such as Guadalajara and Mexico City, for example.
When planning a trip to Mexico please keep in mind that the peak travel periods are the week before Easter – which is referred to as Semana Santa – as well as the Christmas and New Year holiday travel periods. Travelers who are looking to avoid jam-packed locations should avoid Mexico's southern coast between July and September – which is peak season for North American student vacationers and peak holiday months for foreign visitors. Cancun is inundated with students on Spring Break during the months of February, March and early April.
Before packing bag to Mexico you need to consider the weather and seasons so you can make informed decisions about where to go and what to pack. Many people automatically assume that the weather throughout Mexico is always hot - not true! Mexico is a large country and its weather can vary greatly from one destination to another.
The weather in Mexico is determined not only by latitude but also by altitude. Mexico has tropical forests, dry deserts, fertile valleys and snow-capped mountains. Since Mexico's terrain is extremely varied, so is the weather. On the coast the climate is generally balmy year-round, but some months are rainy and others dry, and Mexico City can have days - and nights - that are quite chilly.
In Mexico there are two main seasons. Although there is some variation in temperature over the year, the most obvious difference is between rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season through most of Mexico falls roughly from May through September or October. During the rest of the year there is little or no rain. Don't be discouraged from visiting during rainy season, when you'll see lush, green landscape, as opposed to the dry season's parched, brown landscape - and it often only rains in the late afternoons and evenings.
Dry Season (November to April) – arid and warm weather with little rain. While November is the most ideal month in the Yucatan; November till January are the prime months for Mexican winter storms in Cancun and Cozumel.
Rainy Season (May to October) - is the Mexican weather season when the risk of tropical storms and hurricanes are higher. Even though rain can put a soaker on any Mexican holiday, lower temperatures due to sporadic rain storms can make for breezy, cooler sightseeing conditions.
Humid Season (May to July) – during this time the Mexican weather temperatures can be unbearably hot and sticky.
High Season (end of December to Easter) – Mexico’s high season boasts calm, warm weather, perfect for snorkeling, diving, and fishing – no wonder the Yucatan and Cancun are especially overcrowded.
Low Season (after Easter till mid-December) – during Mexico’s low season prices drop 20% to 50%. However, European visitors have spurred a high season over the summer months when hotel rates are comparable to those of winter’s high season.
Hurricanes and other natural disasters can ruin your vacation. Before heading to Mexico during hurricane season (June to November), check the weather forecasts and read up about precautions you can take in our article: Hurricane Season Travel in Mexico.
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