Cancun Weather

Weather

Like the rest of Mexico, there are two seasons in Cancun - rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season starts in May and lasts until October, while the dry season begins mid-October until April.

To help you plan your trip, here's a month-by-month breakdown of Cancun's weather conditions.

January

The weather in Cancun in January is warm, dry, and sunny, with an average daily temperature of 28°C. At night, the temperature drops to a more comfortable 20°C.

Since Cancun is on the edge of a tropical jungle, the city is always humid. However, the humidity level in January is low, especially by the end of the month. Because of this, January is the perfect time to explore the outdoors and visit jungles and ruins.

January is also a great time to swim at the beach or explore downtown Cancun. Although there's an occasional rain shower, with average rainfall at 46 mm, the rain eventually clears up after an hour. Meanwhile, the sea temperature is relatively colder, averaging 27°C, allowing you to enjoy a refreshing swim.

In January, the visibility is also at its highest, making it the perfect time to dive, snorkel, and enjoy other water sports.

February

January's beautiful and balmy weather carries over into the next month. Thus, February is slightly warmer and drier, with fewer chances of rainfall. The humidity will also increase slightly but still comfortable to explore the outdoors.

Visibility is still good in February, while the sea temperature remains more or less the same as in the previous month. Therefore, it's still a great time to enjoy swimming, snorkelling, or diving.

March

In March, Cancun enjoys an average temperature high of 29°C. Nights are more comfortable, with an average rainfall of 37 mm. March is the second driest month in Cancun, with light and quick showers that will only hit once a week with bright skies for the rest of the month.

Although the humidity level will increase this month, you can still enjoy outdoor activities in comfort and explore Cancun's ruins and jungles. The sea temperature hovers around 26°C, while visibility remains good until the end of the month.

April

April is one of the driest months in Cancun. There will be light and quick showers but only three days out of the 31 days in a month. The days will start to get warmer, with an average temperature of 31°C, especially by the end of the month.

The humidity level in April is high but still comfortable enough for outdoor exploration and visiting ruins. Beach lovers will love visiting Cancun in April. Most days have near-perfect beach conditions, with gloriously sunny weather and comfortably cool ocean breeze.

May

May is the third-driest month in Cancun, bringing with it the possibility of short storms, especially by the end of the month. High humidity and heavy cloud coverage mark most of the days in May, although there are still plenty of clear skies, hot afternoons, and warm mornings.

In May, Cancun enjoys a daily average temperature high of 32°C with an average rainfall of 52 mm. Thanks to the cool ocean breeze, the high humidity level will not bother you that much. If you want to visit adventure parks or explore the ruins of Cancun, it is best to do it in the morning, when the weather is comfortably cool.

The sea temperature will start to heat up in May, averaging at 28°C. Nesting turtles and whale sharks will make an appearance this month.

June

In June, Cancun enjoys an average daily temperature of 32°C, while the average rainfall will almost double to 115 mm. After all, June is the onset of the rainy season in Cancun. Thus, the city receives the highest rainfall during this month.

Tropical storms have only one out of four chances of hitting in June. And when they do, it's usually brief and quick. Cloud coverage will increase in June, marking the start of the hurricane season.

Beaches are still comfortable enough to swim in, with a constant ocean breeze keeping you cool and comfortable. Venturing inland is not ideal. But if you do, carry enough water with you to stay hydrated. Take a dip in a cenote to cool yourself down.

July

Cancun experiences fewer rainy days in July but storms are heavier. It's hot and muggy during this time, with the hottest weeks of summer starting in the latter half of the month and going on until the first half of August.

Swimming in a cenote is an ideal way to cool off in July. During this month, the average daily temperature can go as high as 32°C, with 103 mm of rain. As for the water temperature, it remains constant at 28°C.

When exploring inland, bring plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. It is best to spend your days at the beach on most days to cool off. July is also a great time to catch a glimpse of the first baby turtles breaking out of their shells and making their way into the water. Meanwhile, the whale sharks have already fully arrived.

August

August in Cancun is hot and extremely humid, especially during the first two weeks. By the end of the month, the temperature will start to go down.

The daily temperature in August can go as high as 33°C, while rainfall is at 136 mm. Water temperature will also increase, up to 29°C.

Most days in August are a mix of gloomy skies and sunshine, and the temperature tends to fluctuate as the month ends. As usual, rains will only last a couple of hours on most days.

August is the perfect time to visit cenotes and lounge at the beach to beat the humidity and heat. Wildlife enthusiasts should visit Cancun in August, as it's the time when whale sharks and nesting turtles start to appear.

September

September is the rainiest month in Cancun, with approximately ten days of rainy days in the entire month. Rainfall averages at 185 mm in September and is usually heavy and frequent. However, it always clears up pretty quickly.

There's a higher chance that hurricanes will hit Cancun in September, although it's a rare occurrence. Days are less hot during this month, with an average high of 32°C. The humidity level is lower than the previous month, although it's still muggy.

The sea temperature will increase slightly, while the beach is the most comfortable place to relax this month. Whale sharks will start to say goodbye and are almost gone.

October

Although the average rainfall in October comes down to around 157 mm, the number of rainy days will increase. There will be cloudy days with rain at the start of the month.

The weather will improve with the passing of the weeks and the month ending in gentle temperatures with beautiful beach conditions and spotless skies.

The sea temperature will start to go down to an average of 28°C. October is also the last month that hurricanes will appear if any.

November

In November, the average daily temperature hits 29°C. The skies will be clear and rainy days will be infrequent. The average rainfall will go down to 95 mm, while humidity is still present at the start of the month.

As the month progresses, the temperature will improve, with days becoming perfect for outdoor exploring and relaxing at the beach. Take this opportunity to visit Cancun's adventure parks and explore the ruins and jungles.

Sea temperatures remain the same as in the previous month, so it's a great time to take up water activities.

December

December is an ideal time to visit Cancun and even the rest of Mexico. The weather at this time of the year is absolutely fantastic, characterized by cool nights, warm days, and clear skies. Most days are gloriously sunny, although there will rain on some days, it will suddenly disappear!

The dry season will restart in the latter part of the month and go on until March. In December, the daily high temperature is a comfortable 28°C while the rainfall is at 70 mm and the sea enjoys a deliciously cool temperature of 27°C.

In December, make the most of your visit by enjoying Cancun's stunning beaches. There will be excellent visibility in the water, making it a popular time for diving and snorkelling. The last few baby turtles will be out of their shells and make their way back into the ocean.

Best Time to Visit

Winter is the best time to visit Cancun and enjoy its pristine white sand beaches and sparkling ocean waters. However, since it's a high season for tourists, everything tends to be more expensive. Also, the beaches will be filled with tourist crowds. Cancun's famous attractions, such as the Chichen Itza, will also be filled with tourists.

If you want to escape the crowds and enjoy better hotel deals, consider visiting Cancun in summer or fall. While the humidity is high and there's the occasional rain, prices are lower, and the beaches are quieter.

Here's everything you need to know about the best time to visit Cancun.

Popular Time to Visit Cancun

The most popular time to travel to Cancun is between December and April. The weather is generally clear and warm this month, but not extremely hot. Therefore, you will find it comfortable to spend time at the beach and explore the outdoors. There will be little rain, but it will not last long. Cold fronts occasionally blow in chillier weather but only for a few days.

The only downside to going to Cancun in winter is the surge in the tourist crowd. Since it's a popular time to visit Cancun, thousands of tourists will be heading to Cancun, and the beaches can get crowded. Hotel rates will be at their highest, as well as the cost of tours and activities. If you want to visit Cancun in winter, book your hotel and activities as early as possible to enjoy better rates.

Cancun will get busier between March and April, as spring breakers from the nearby United States will start arriving. These include families with kids who are on school break. High school and college students will also come to Cancun to party. As a result, hotel rates are still high this time, and the more affordable accommodations will sell out quickly.

Nigh clubs and beach bars are full of revellers with DJ performances and drinking contests. If you love the party vibe, it's a great time to be in Cancun. But if you prefer a quieter atmosphere, better avoid Cancun during this time of the year.

 Best Time to Visit Cancun for Good Weather

The beautiful beaches are the main reason why tourists would come flocking to Cancun. If the weather is your main priority for coming to Cancun, visit between December and April. The temperature in the winter will fall between 21°C and 32°C. The weather in May will get hotter and more humid just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Most days will be hitting the mid-thirties and will go on until September.

The hurricane season in Mexico is between June and November. Hurricanes in Mexico do not always land, although there will be several days of rainy and overcast weather. September to November are the stormiest months, but you are guaranteed to snag great hotel deals during this period.

When To Avoid Visiting Cancun

Cancun enjoys pleasant weather between March and April, but you could run into a thick crowd of tourists, mostly spring breakers. If you're someone who loves the party atmosphere, this is the best time for you to visit Cancun. During this time of the year, you'll find DJ performances, bikini contests, and foam parties all over the place. And because it's a busy season in Cancun, prices tend to be expensive.

If you're visiting Cancun mainly for the beach, one of the issues you could face is the seaweed that's been washing up on the many beaches in Cancun and has been a major issue in recent years. The seaweed could show up throughout the year. However, it tends to be more common during spring and summer.

The staff of luxury beachfront resorts would shovel up these clumps of seaweed, revealing pristine white sand. However, some of the larger patches of seaweed could affect your swimming experience and may limit boat access.

Hurricanes are another factor to consider when deciding when to visit Cancun. The hurricane season of Cancun falls between June and November, with the peak season running from September to November. So, if you come to Cancun during this period, expect a hurricane to strike. Even if there is no direct hit, there will be several days of rainy and overcast weather, which could prevent you from enjoying some activities.

If you decide to travel during the hurricane season in Cancun, consider getting travel insurance that will reimburse your travel expenses in case of cancellations.

What To Wear

You will find many fun activities to enjoy in Cancun, so deciding what to wear on your holiday will mainly depend on the activities you plan to do. It would be a shame to miss out on some fun activities just because you do not have the right outfit.

If you need ideas or suggestions on what clothing to pack for your Cancun holiday, check these out.

Swimsuits

The beach is often the main reason why people would come to Cancun. Therefore, when it comes to deciding what to wear in Cancun, a swimsuit is a must. If you plan on swimming or taking up water activities, you should pack clothing suitable for these activities. Some of the most popular water activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, and sailing. Make sure to wear the type of swimsuit that will allow you to do these activities comfortably.

Depending on how long you will stay in Cancun, consider bringing more than one swimsuit. That way, you will not have to miss out on any water activities while you dry out the swimsuit you wear from the previous adventure. If possible, wear a long-sleeved swimming suit or a Lycra shirt over your regular swimsuit to protect yourself from the harmful sun rays. If you can find a swimsuit with SPF 50, that would even be better.

Hat

You should also bring a hat to protect yourself from the sun while in Cancun. The hat will also protect your skin and eyes from damaging sun rays and sunburn. Opt for a straw hat made from materials that breathe easily, so you’ll feel comfortable going around with your hat on.

Shoes

When travelling to Cancun, you may have to bring different kinds of footwear. Of course, this mainly depends on the activity you plan on doing. Aside from a pair of flip-flops or sandals to wear on the beach, bring a pair of water-resistant shoes for walking. These are very useful when you need to explore the jungle and the ruins that the Yucatan Peninsula is known for. You may also need to pack a pair of water shoes and dress shoes for when you need to go to a fancy dinner.

Sun Protection

Sunscreen protection is one of the most important things to bring to Cancun. Even if visiting during the wet season, you should keep your skin protected when going out and about in Cancun. The area is warm and sunny on most days, and you could be spending most of your time outdoors. Remember that sunscreen is just as important as clothing.

When going to and from the beach or anywhere in Cancun while wearing a swimsuit, consider wearing a pair of shorts, a shirt, or a cover-up to protect yourself from the sun. You may also need to wear sunglasses and a hat. More importantly, make sure you lather up in sunscreen.

When it comes to the type of sunscreen to use, keep in mind that some sunscreens may not be allowed in the oceans due to their harmful ingredients. Always choose the sunscreen that's chemical-free and reef-safe.

Clothing

The type of clothing to wear on your holiday to Cancun can also vary depending on the weather. In the wet season, which runs from May until October, Cancun will receive more rain and is pretty humid on most days. As such, you may want to bring along an umbrella.

When visiting Cancun during the dry season, which runs from November to April, you may need to wear a pair of long pants and a light sweater since the weather can get a little colder.

Here's a list of recommended clothing to pack for your holiday to Cancun.

  • Swimwear
  • Swimsuit cover-up
  • Clothing for formal dinner and night out
  • Shorts
  • Tee shirts or tank tops
  • Sundresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain jacket

Try to balance the type of clothes to wear on your trip to Cancun. Avoid bringing anything too cool or warm. It is best to stick to flexible clothing made from breathable fabric and easy to layer when the temperature suddenly goes down.

Aside from clothing and sunscreen, there are other items you should bring to Cancun for a more comfortable holiday experience. These include a water bottle, bug repellant, a waterproof case for your mobile phone, medication, and a tote bag to carry your beach essentials.

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