Cancun Weather Guide
There’s a reason why Cancun draws over 2 million tourists each year. Its white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters are accompanied by year-round sunshine, making it ideal for a vacation anytime. Cancun’s weather is tropical and humid, however no matter how much sun is pounding down on the sand, locals believe there’s magic in the ground because the sand never gets too hot and there’s always a breeze about. While Cancun is almost always pleasant and sunny, it does have two main seasons: rainy and dry.
Season and Clothing
Wet Season: May to September
Cancun's rainy season runs from May to September. Storms usually arrive in the late afternoon accompanied by thunder and lightning, however the downpours wash the day’s sweat away and leave the evenings feeling cool and dry. Hurricane season is between June and October and it has been known to affect Cancun. Things really heat up in the Yucatan Peninsula from May to September but don't be discouraged from visiting during rainy season as you’ll benefit from seeing the lush green landscape instead of the dry season's typically arid, brown scenery.
Average temperatures: 25 – 32 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Shorts, t-shirts and lightweight dresses.
Don’t forget: An umbrella and travel insurance in case a hurricane disrupts your holiday.
Dry Season: October to April
The magical sunshine of the Caribbean means the Yucatan Peninsula can still experience hot weather, even in the coolest months. The beginning of December and the month of April can be pleasant times to visit with fewer visitors and comfortable weather. On November 1, Mexico celebrates Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, and this historic and traditional event is a celebration of life, mariachi bands play loudly around the city and much of Cancun is filled with brightly colourful decorations including edible ones like sugar skulls and Day of the Dead bread. Don’t forget Spring Break hits around late March and early April (different US colleges have different vacation times), so make your decision whether you wish the join the partying masses or head to Cancun when the students are back studying.
Average temperatures: 23 – 30 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: T-shirts, shorts, dresses and swimwear.
Don’t forget: A hat, SPF 50+ sunscreen and a calaveras costume for Day of the Dead.