Mexico’s seasonal rains are one of Mother Nature’s treats to experience and enjoy.
As air temperatures rise above 25 degrees centigrade (80F), there’s nothing quite as refreshing as drenching quantities of water falling from the sky within the space of an hour or two during the late afternoon or evening.
The storms usually begin with a dramatic show of lightning bolts and thunder that may rattle windows and can sometimes cause temporary power cuts. The monsoon rains tend to arrive swiftly and suddenly: if you are caught out in a storm with nowhere to shelter, expect to become drenched through. When the rains pour, the temperature falls and the air freshens, taking the edge off discomfort that high heat and humidity can bring.
After the storms pass, the evening or night is left fresh and cooled off. It’s unusual for the rains to prolong beyond a couple of hours —prolonged rains are usually caused by a tropical depression passing through the region— and most evenings are left feeling fresh accompanied by lingering sweet fragrances of flora in the air.
Not all regions in Mexico are subject to tropical rains. Principally, it’s the highlands, the southern mountain and jungle regions, and the hot, sultry coastal regions south of the Tropic of Cancer (near Puerto Vallarta) which are subject to monsoon rains. You can read about Mexico’s weather and climates by region and season on our guide to weather in Mexico.
Mexico offers visitors and residents a unique opportunity to enjoy different perspectives during the rainy season which runs, —more or less— from June to October each year. This is especially so when you’re visiting areas of outstanding natural beauty, for example, the Copper Canyon and the southern state of Chiapas, as this is the time of year when the flora are blooming, and you can expect to enjoy some wonderful colors and scents that you simply won’t experience during the dry season. The storms that arrive during this time of year and which almost always arrive in the afternoon or overnight also provide a natural break to the day and cool down the air perfectly.
If you’re planning to visit to one of Mexico’s coastal regions during the rainy season, the afternoon storms usually don’t interfere with the process of getting a tan, or enjoying the beach and a swim in the ocean: you simply schedule your day around the afternoon storms and enjoy evenings that feel cool and refreshed after a hot day.
Hurricanes are most likely to emerge between July and October: as the hemispherical temperatures build-up, so do these storms which are born over the ocean with some making landfall on Mexico’s coasts. It’s impossible to predict how frequent or how hard hurricanes will hit in any given year, although the coastal areas are always on the front-line of a hurricane landing. Inland, the effect of the storm is mitigated by Mexico’s impressive mountain ranges which break-up storm systems and transmute them into overcast skies and rain, although temperatures usually remain warm.
You can get detailed information about climate and weather in Mexico on our articles related to weather and climate in Mexico and you can also get acquainted with local weather patterns by reading individual Mexperience travel guides to locations across Mexico.
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