Climate and Environment

Autumn Climates in Mexico

Autumn in Patzcuaro, Mexico

As the autumn season arrives in Mexico, areas by the coasts are usually warm, but it’s worth noting that areas inland — many of which are situated at higher altitudes — get cooler and, after sundown, may also become cool or cold.

Autumn temperatures at higher altitudes (over 4,000 feet above sea level) will be generally cooler from late September and can begin to feel chilly and even cold after sundown at altitudes above 6,000 feet.

As a rule of thumb, when you’re visiting Mexico’s inland cities situated at altitude during the autumn and winter, you’ll encounter warm days (typically up to 22C/72F) and cool or chilled evenings; and temperatures can drop to near-freezing in some places overnight during winter months, especially in more rural and exposed areas.  Overcast days brought about by temporary climate depressions will usually bring cool or chilly weather all day long this time of year. Overnight temperatures at these altitudes begin to warm-up again from late February or early March.

For example, the Pacific coastal towns of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are situated just a three-hour drive from the highland colonial city of Morelia.  With Morelia situated at around 7,000 feet above sea-level – a mile-and-a-half up in the sky – autumn and winter there requires the use of pull-overs, fleece coats, and perhaps even some indoor heating during the late evening hours. (Locally, many people use log fires or small electric-powered space heaters.) By contrast, coastal areas like Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo – which swelter during the peak summer months – begin to yield their heat and humidity during the autumn, and temperatures become pleasantly warm—a principal reason why many ‘snow birds’ arrive at coastal towns across Mexico during this season with the intention of overwintering in Mexico.

Autumn in Mexico also brings a change to the clock time in most Mexican states. The one-hour backwards clock-change brings an end to the longer spring and summer evenings although, as we explain in our winter climates article, you will enjoy relatively long daylight hours even through the autumn and winter seasons in Mexico.

If you’re in Mexico between October and March, it’s wise to pack some warmer attire when you’re situated at any of the country’s many highland towns and cities, which includes most of Mexico’s colonial cities as well as Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey. If you’re traveling to one of Mexico’s coastal locations during these months, it’s advisable to pack a pull-over for any cooler evenings which may come to pass, usually caused by temporary climate depressions from the north.

Autumn and winter temperatures inland and by the coasts will vary depending on the precise location—check individual travel guides for detailed climate summaries by season and location.

You can get full details about the weather by region and season in Mexico on our guide to Climate in Mexico, and for information about the different climate zones in the country, read our article Mexico: Land of Three Lands

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