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Climates and Weather in Mexico
Mexico's weather varies significantly by season and by region.
For detailed climate information and a live weather report for specific places, look up the locations you want to visit using our extensive Mexico Travel Guide
See Also: When To Go Mexico (Seasons & Climate)
Mexico Weather and Climates Summary
Coasts: Hot and humid; can be subject to hurricanes during hurricane season (see below for details).
Inland at Altitude: Warm, Spring like year-round, although it can become cooler during December thru March.
Hottest Months: The hottest months are April & May in the South, and July to September on Pacific Coast (Including Baja), and extremely hot in the Yucatan May to September.
Coolest Months: Vary by region, but generally December, January, February; the Yucatan can still experience hot weather even in the coolest months.
Rainy Season in Mexico: Mexico's Rainy season runs from May to September (sometimes extends to October) each year. Most regions south of the Tropic of Cancer (near Mazatlan) are affected. Rain storms usually arrive in the late afternoon accompanied by thunder and lightning, creating torrential downpours before passing and leaving the evenings dry and cooled off.
Hurricane Season in Mexico: June, July, August, September, October (sometimes extends into November): Can affect weather on the Yucatan Peninsula, (e.g. Cancun), as well as weather on Mexico's Pacific coast, from Baja California southwards.
Detailed Weather Charts for Mexico
The BBC has launched detailed weather charts for Mexico, including satellite images, temperatures, pressure maps and forecasts for 32 cities across Mexico. See: BBC Weather (Mexico)
When to Go To Mexico
Our detailed guide, When To Go To Mexico explains more about Mexico's seaons, climates and terrains.
Climates by Region in Mexico
Northern Mexico is a desert region, and as such has hot dry weather, although cooler months can experience temperatures that drop to freezing at night. Away from coastal areas, the weather in Mexico's northern states in low-lying areas is hot and dry, in elevated areas (like Guadalajara) the temperature is mild all year-round.
Inland Central Mexico will be warm or hot (and dry) during the day, although evenings can get cool, so pack a pull-over that you can use in the early mornings and nights when the difference in extremes of temperature can be felt quite acutely, especially in the winter months.
In Mexico's southern region (which includes Mexico City), the climate will be similar to that in Central Mexico, but remember to keep in mind that elevated areas (like Mexico City) will be cooler and more temperate. The climate gets distinctly hotter and more humid as you travel deeper into the south / southeast and the Yucatan Peninsula.
Hot and humid, especially June thru August. During these months, expect the days to be swelteringly hot, with monsoon-like downpours of rain in the early evening (they usually pass within a short time and leave the night dry and cooler). Hurricane season (June-October, sometimes extends into November) usually brings wetter weather and makes weather forecasting less accurate. The high season in this part of Mexico is December-May as these are the months with the most comfortable and driest weather.
Baja California Peninsula
The stretch of land immediately south of California USA is Baja California ('Baja' means 'Lower'), and the weather here can be divided into two distinct categories: hot deserts and cool near the oceans. Rainy days are rare outside of the 'rainy season' during September, which is why many golfers come here to play.