Mexico Weather Guide

Divided by the Tropic of Cancer, Mexico's weather ranges from temperate to tropical. On the southern coast and in the Yucatan Peninsula, temperatures are mostly consistent all year round with averages between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius, whereas the interior is more temporate with chilly conditions in the north from November to February.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Summer in Mexico is filled with sunny days and humid air. For most, the humidity and risk of a hurricane is too much to bear, particularly along the southern Pacific Coast and the Gulf Coast. As a result, accommodation rates are often cheaper so if you're willing to take a risk (some hotels may offer a hurricane guarantee) then this is a great time to nab a bargain. The southern parts of Mexico are pretty hot and humid with plentiful rainfall from May to September. Note that July and August is also a peak holiday time for the northern hemisphere and the coastal resorts attract big crowds.

Autumn: September to November

Like summer, autumn in Mexico also falls within the hurricane season and the tourist low season. Temperatures and humidity during this time are noticeably lower although it may still be quite wet. With less crowds, fall in Mexico is a great time to visit if you're looking for a romantic holiday just for two, or to experience Mexico's Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) festivities, which takes place from November 1 to 2. Also celebrated nationally is Mexico's Independence Day (Dia de la Independencia) on September 16 with fireworks and patriotic reenactments.

Winter: December to February

Come December, the hurricane season is over and travellers return in their droves to Mexico to enjoy a beachside Christmas vacation with mid-December to early January being particularly busy in the coastal resorts. During the winter, water temperatures off the coast of Cancun average around 27 degrees Celsius - still ideal for swimming. Winter is also a hot time to be in Mexico for its various events including Christmas (Dia de Navidad), New Year's Eve and Carnival celebrations. Bring clothes for layering if you are visiting the areas in the north and centre of the country during wintertime.

Spring: March to May

Spring break! By March, Mexico is in full party mode thanks to the American mid-term break and Easter holidays (Semana Santa). As such, the resort cities are full of college kids from North America and the UK looking to have a good time. Spring is also celebrated locally with a number of festivals marking the spring equinox. During this time, weather is at its best with warm temperatures and very little chance of rain. However, the downside to all of the fun is that it comes at a high price. If you can afford it though, spring is a great time to visit Mexico.