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Climate and Average Weather in Mexico

Mexico has a wide variety of climate types. You can find desert-like regions in the north-west part of the country and the low-lying coastal areas are tropical, hot and humid. The climate in Mexico City, which is sited at an altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level, is far more moderate. The capital has pleasant summers and mild winters, with an annual average temperature of 18°C. The city does experience high average annual rainfall, most falling during summer.

Northern Mexico gets very hot during summer with sudden violent heavy rain or hail storms, also an isolated tornado can occur within these storms. Seasonal variations in temperature are small, but May is the warmest month of the year, and January the coldest, when night frost is even possible.

Southern Mexico has mostly tropical climates, most parts have a tropical savanna climate, a smaller portion a monsoon climate, and in a few places a true tropical rainforest climate. During hurricane season (June - November), hurricanes are common in the coastal cities. Especially those near the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

The best travel time for Mexico City depends very much on which places you want to visit. It also depends on what your travel goal is. For a beach vacation the best time to visit is from November to May. However December and the beginning of January can be very expensive to travel to the Mexican coast due to high season. In April and May it can be very warm in the coastal regions so you have to be able to stand the heat during this period.

Are you interested in more detailed information for various cities in Mexico?
Please select the city you plan to visit, or one closest to your destination. For each selected city, you will see the following graphs:
1. Yearly average minimum and maximum temperatures
2. Monthly averages of precipitation throughout the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Monthly average hours of sunshine throughout the year

Additionally, some pages provide historical weather data such as humidity, wind speed, and water temperature.

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