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Playa Del Carmen Weather-What you can expect for your vacation

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Playa Del Carmen weather is what everyone is concerned about when coming on vacation. We thought we would put together this guide to “Everything Weather” for you.

Playa Del Carmen Weather

You will be pleased to know that the average daily temperature is 27 degrees Celsius or 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows you to lay on the beach any day of the year and the ocean is warm enough to swim in year round as well, although locals tend not to swim from December until March. It also seems like we have sunny days with blue sky all the time here except when we get a rain storm. In fact we have 340 days of sunny weather here!

Average Temperatures for Playa Del Carmen

Weather in Playa Del Carmen

May often feels the hottest month on average in Playa Del Carmen but in fact is July and August. It is 29.5 degrees Celsius or 85 degrees Fahrenheit. That might not sound too bad to you but remember that the temperatures at night do not go down very much. Buildings absorb the heat in the day and radiate the heat back at night, so if you don’t have air conditioning it can be hot for you.

Tip: The old saying “it is not so much the heat it is the humidity” comes into play here. We are in the tropics and the humidity levels are often very high. This can make it feel even hotter. This is not a problem if you are by the pool all day or swimming in the ocean but remember outside of these two places it can feel very warm. Drink lots of liquids, wear light clothes and plan your day around the hottest times.

The coldest time of the year is January which has an average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius or 74 degrees Fahrenheit. That might sound a little cool but the days are beautiful with the night temperatures drop some to give you good sleeping weather. Of course if you are living up north these January temperatures are going to seem heavenly! You will see people using a light jacket at night sometimes in the winter.

Daylight Hours in Playa Del Carmen

We have on average 9.25 hours of daylight a day here. From October until January there are 8 hours of daylight a day and these are the shortest days. May has the longest days with 11 hours of light.

Average Rainfall in Playa Del Carmen

If you are planning your days on vacation basking in the sun, then this might be important for you to know!

The most rain occurs from June until October. The good news is that it often only rains for 1-3 days and then it is over or there is a shower and then it goes away. The month with the least rain is February. September has the most rainfall.

Playa Del Carmen Weather

When is the dry and wet season in Playa Del Carmen?

Most people want to be here in the sunny season and not be sitting inside during the rain. The woods or “jungle”  is actually semi tropical rainforest. In the dry season they can look very dry and almost dead looking. The contrast between the “wet” or “green” season to the dry season is very noticeable. Of course with the wet season comes more mosquitos in rural areas outside of the city.

What is the water temperature in Playa Del Carmen?

Going swimming all year round is very comfortable to do. The sea temperature changes only a few degrees up and down. The average temperature is 81.5 degrees Fahrenheit or 27.5 Celsius.  August is the warmest water month.

When is the best weather in Playa Del Carmen?

Well most people would say:

1. March-because it s not too hot and we don’t have too much rain

2. November– because it is cooling down and there is not too much rain. Things are left very green after the summer rains as well, so things look nice.

But really all year is a great time to come to Playa Del Carmen and these are just opinions of people. It is just bad when we experience an occasional full week of rain and it just happens to be on the week you come. That is why we have the guide to what to do when it rains in Playa Del Carmen.

What about hurricanes?

Yes we live in the tropics and there are hurricanes. We don’t get as many as you might expect and the nice thing about those storms is the amount of time you have for a warning. We on average have a bad hurricane every 10 years and often we often don’t have any hurricanes for several years straight. If you are here on vacation and one approaches, all of the hotels are very prepared to help guest fly home or take cover. If you are living here then we suggest you read our article on what to do when a hurricane affects the weather in Playa Del Carmen. Hurricane season in the Atlantic is June through November.

Natural Cycles of weather in Playa and the Riviera Maya

Starting in March the temperature starts to get warmer and after months of dryer weather the summer rains approach. The heat of summer makes clouds form and they break into rain showers and cool things down a bit until things heat up again.  Having a regular cycle of this will take energy out of the atmosphere and we have a less risk of hurricanes. In summer expect to change clothes frequently because of the heat. Locals often change three times a day. Be sure you shower often to clean sweat off your skin. After the summer things are very green and things cool off a bit. In the “winter” months it can get cooler in the evenings and a light jacket might be nice. But we never get to freezing.  Christmas and New years are often nice weather and people are on the beach in swimsuits for the holiday.

What is the weather in Playa Del Carmen today?

For all the latest weather in Playa Del Carmen, you can check wind guru website. Once you are on the page, just enter “Playa Del Carmen” in the box where is says “type spot name”. It is a technical site but often has very good predictions as to what the weather will bring.  This can give you a somewhat good idea of what the weather is for the week. It is however harder to predict the tropical weather here and sometimes just good to look outside in the moment to see what it is like out.

Tip: When you look out over the ocean toward Cozumel, if it is raining there, it means it is most likely headed our direction. This is the normal weather pattern.

If you are looking for what to pack for Playa Del Carmen you might want to look at these two articles:

What to pack for vacation in Playa Del Carmen

What is Playa Style? Clothing  trends and what people where here guide

What is your favorite time for weather in Playa Del Carmen ? What is your favorite website for predicting Playa Del Carmen weather? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.

56 Comments on Playa Del Carmen Weather-What you can expect for your vacation

  1. I’m really worried the weather will be too hot in August. We are coming to Playa Del Carmen and want to enjoy the beach. We have seen forcast saying it is going to be really hot then. What is it like then?

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 24, 2016 at 1:40 AM // Reply

      Hello Carolyn

      Don’t worry too much about the weather in Playa Del Carmen because it is hot most of the year but long term forecast are not really accurate. Also the weather along the coast can be cooler since you have a sea breeze. Usually the weather I August is warm but when the energy builds it will rain and then cool off a bit. At any rate don’t worry too much about the weather because we are sure you will enjoy your time here.

  2. Hi Mr Yucatan, we are planing to come to Playa Del Carmen the last week of September from Montreal in Quebec, Cananda. We usally go during the first weeks of August, just worried that it will rain for the trip and I want to enjoy the beach.
    What is it like during that time?

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 26, 2016 at 9:08 AM // Reply

      Usually the weather in Playa Del Carmen is really nice then. It is slightly cooler and nice. It is also a little slower of a season before the influx later in the year. The only thing that can happen is a hurricane which of course is a very low possibility but it is still the season for it. Here is hoping the weather is great for your trip and you enjoy the extension of your summer.

  3. Neb Dillard // August 8, 2016 at 6:38 AM // Reply

    We were just in Playa Del Carmen and the weather said it was going to rain but it was lovely each day. It is just how you said in your article,it is hard to predict the weather. The hotel staff said not to worry and looked over the ocean and said it would be nice, and it was!

  4. I’m in PDC now. It has rained nonstop for 2 days. We did have 2 days of sun. If you are coming this week, expect rain. Dark cloud layers and rain as far as the eye can see. I wasn’t expecting this but it’s August so anything is possible…

    • Yes it is raining and dark. Many locals actually like rain days because they are like snow days when you can stay inside and watch a movie. It however is not what tourist are expecting. We hope it clears soon so you can enjoy some outdoor activities. Until then, we do have a guide for what to do when it rains. http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/what-to-do-when-it-rains-in-playa-del-carmen/
      We were in Playa yesterday when it as raining and then went to Cancun where it was perfectly sunny. That is just life in the tropics. It is good to fill up all the cenotes with fresh water and water the plants.

  5. Hui Mr.Yukatan!

    Me and my partner are travelling to Playa Del Carmen for 2 weeks in September (19th Sept to 3rd Oct) and im now really paranoid that its not going to be hot and sunny! It sounds so silly but i want to be able to lay in the sun and get super tanned! Also im concerned that all the excursions i’ve booked will not be as fun if it rains for 2 weeks, its been a holiday we have saved up for for nearly 2 years so want it to be super fun and special. Now im worried it wont be! 🙁

    • Hello Stephanie

      We have to ask why are you worried about the weather now? Your trip is over a month away. Even the best weather predictions could not predict the weather in Playa Del Carmen for then. We suggest you not worry about it now. Even if there is some rain predicted, the weather predictions are not that accurate and the Riviera Maya is a large place. For example the other day it was raining in Playa Del Carmen but we went to Cancun and it was sunny and a perfect beach day.
      Many times it does only rain a day or two and since you have a two week vacation you should not worry about a washout and you should get some beach time.
      For tours, some will have a rebooking option if you give 24 hour notice and you can switch to a day without rain. Other tours we have been it has rained. Xel Ha and Xcaret can be fun in the rain as well. We have been there when it was raining and had a great time. If you go to a Mayan ruin site and there is a chance of rain just bring an emergency poncho so you can walk around and still see things. Sometimes the cooler weather with clouds brings a welcome relief from the heat and sun.
      We hope there is great sunny weather for you when you are here but even if it does rain some, that is just a natural cycle for keeping the jungle green and the cenotes filled up.

  6. Blake Collins // August 15, 2016 at 6:29 PM // Reply

    Hello. I always notice that the weather in Playa Del Carmen is cooler then Merida. Is the interior hotter or do the sea breezes cool Playa Del Carmen more? I am going to be traveling this month around the Yucatan and am wondering about the weather.

    • Hello Blake

      Many people say the weather is hotter in the interior of the peninsula compared to the coast. In Merida there is a lot of concrete buildings that are close together and the streets can be very hot. If you go to Valladolid, a smaller city in the Yucatan, you will notice that it is not that much different in weather than the coast. There are a lot of trees there and less concrete. Since most people only know Merida as a place of reference for the interior it gets a reputation of being much hotter. We hope you have a pleasant trip and enjoy traveling around.

  7. I am traveling to Playa Aug 29-Sept 2, and I know the region was recently hit with hurricane Earl so I am wondering what the weather will be like. I see there is more than 50% chance of rain on the days I will be there, but I am really hoping it will still be sunny enough to enjoy cocktails by the pool and go sightseeing in nearby Xcaret.

    • Hello Brenda

      The good news is that Earl was a bust here and only caused some rain. Lately we have been having great weather days! Have you seen our instagram account or Facebook? We often post live video and photos of what things look like here. Even though the weather forecast you saw were just a week away, no locals actually look that far in advance because we know they are not that accurate. The weather is harder to predict here. We are pretty sure you will have some nice sunny days while here in the Riviera Maya. Even if it does rain when you go to Xcaret, it can be a lot of fun. We have been there when it rains and still had a blast. We hope you have fun and get lots of sun. See you soon here.

  8. I don’t care what the weather is just get me to Playa Del Carmen so I can enjoy some good food and drink a beer in a hammock. Of course if the weather in Playa Del Carmen is nice, I will enjoy it even more. I need a vacation now.

  9. Hi,we are travelling to riveria maya on September 9th we know there’s a good chance of rain but does it usually rain for along time during the day or is it mostly in the evening. We have been told different things . Please put are minds to rest. Thanks.

    • We are not sure if we can put your minds at ease about the weather but here it goes. Today we just had a few showers in the afternoon and it lasted about 15 minutes. The other day it rained for an hour then we had a break and then again for about two hours. When the energy builds in the atmosphere it releases it in rain and it cools off again. The current hurricane system that passes the tip of the peninsula and went to Florida created some showers and thunder storms. When there is a tropical depression we can get rain for days at a time. No weather forecast is that accurate for this part of the world and most people don’t watch the weather because usually it is sunny and hot here. Our advise it don’t worry about the weather too much. There is not much you can do about it. There are many tours you can still enjoy even if it is raining and the cooler temperatures associated with rain are often welcomed. Your best bet for good weather is come for longer! You can have twice the fun!

  10. Hi we are going to be in Playa Del Carmen September 25th – October 1st for our honeymoon. Can you tell me how the weather has been this week and do you foresee the same type of weather during our trip? Thank you!

    • Hello Stephanie

      Congratulations and we hope you have a great honeymoon here. This week the weather has been hot, humid and sunny. We wish we could post a photo here we took today of the beach. It was a pretty nice day at the beach but hot if you were not by a pool or ocean. We think this weather should continue with occasional rain showers when the energy builds. Our weather will be effected like storm systems in the Atlantic and also when storms cross Mexico from the Pacific. The last storm that hit Florida only gave us 2 1/2 days of rain but nothing else. It is over two weeks from now when you are arriving so it is hard to predict what storm systems if any will affect us.

      • Hi. How is seaweed situation in Playa del Carmen now? I am going in Mid-December.

        • Hello Marina

          We were at the beach today in Playa Del Carmen and the beach was very beautiful and had no seaweed except from 10th Street to Constituyentes and it was just a little line of it. The rest of the beach was beautiful. We wish we could post the picture here we took. Maybe we will put it up in Instagram. The winds and calm seas have made for a really nice beach. We will keep you posted.

  11. For people who want to know, we just stayed at Playa del Carmen for two weeks and had almost all days sunny and beautiful weather. I love the sunny days and warm nights.

  12. I love your photos in Facebook when you post photos you just took. It shows me what weather I am missing not being in Playa. 🙂 See you in December!

  13. Scott Dismore // September 9, 2016 at 8:48 AM // Reply

    Hello. I see the weather is usually the same for Cancun and Playa Del Carmen on weather websites. It is true the weather is the same even since they are close? Thanks

    • Hello Scott. The weather will often be reported as the same because there are not a lot of weather monitoring stations here. Often in the State of Quintana Roo you can have a range of weather. We have often driven to Bacalar and it is raining somewhere between Playa Del Carmen and there. This is a 3 hour drive and the weather will be different in places. Often Cancun gets rain and we have nice sunny days here. So even though the weather looks the same online, it can vary a little. The only thing that is exactly the same is the temperature.

  14. My husband and I are heading to Playa del Carmen tomorrow for our long awaited honeymoon. I noticed that the temp the whole time we are there from Wed to Wed is mostly cloudy with thunderstorm. What is the current weather there right now since the weather online is not accurate?

    • The weather often says it is cloudy but for example the weather is always changing. We had a rain shower this morning for 20 minutes and it was a strong shower. Now it is a beautiful sunny day. We are getting into our season where it can rain more but it is often an afternoon shower or even rain at night when you are sleeping. We hope you have a great time here and it is nice and sunny for you.

  15. Just got back from Playa Del Carmen and boy was the weather nice and the sun was strong. It was hard to stay in the sun long. And it is halfway to October! We normally come in March but came later this year. The weather was great and we used a lot of your tips for walking around town and looking for places to eat. Cannot wait until next March to come back.

  16. We have always found the weather from November to February a great time to be in Playa Del Carmen. Not only do we have bragging rights over our friends back north we enjoy the beach and sunny weather without being overheated. It is also out of hurricane season and not super hot or rainy season.

  17. Keep up the helpful articles like this. We are coming to Playa del Carmen this December and hope the weather is good for us. At least the weather is good for us to take off from Detroit Airport. lol

  18. Good info on the weather. We are coming in December and hope for a warm Christmas.

  19. We plan to go Oct 1st 2016 for 1 week. I am honestly worried as checking on accuweather or any weather forecast website: they say rain / t-storm the whole week. We’d been to Cozumel July 2014 but never been to Mexico in October. Any insight about the current weather situation? Thanks so much in advance.

    • Hello Andreas

      The weather is very nice now. We are having slightly cooler evening and some brief showers. When the weather in Playa Del Carmen is very hot, the energy builds and we get thunderstorms. We have no indications of what the weather will be like now for that week. Our best advice is to look at the temperatures. If it is predicted to be hotter, there might be storms.

      • Hi Mr.Yucatan. Thanks for the reply, much appreciated. I hope you would not mind if I ask the weather condition again some time next week. Would you also please let me know if there’s any major storms expected?

        • Sure, that is no problem. We love to help people out. We were on Cozumel and since you can see forever, there were some rain clusters going around. We ere on a bike tour and they all went around us. It was a beautiful day when the sun was out and the water was very calm. We wish we could post pictures in the comment section but you can see them on our Facebook page today. Just drop us a note about the weather next week and we will let you know.

  20. I guess Mexico dodged another hurricane! It seems like the weather has been good there with this storm out in the Caribbean sucking all the storm clouds up.

  21. Herbert Kaldoski // October 7, 2016 at 12:32 AM // Reply

    How is the weather now in Playa Del Carmen with Hurricane Matthew churning about? It looks like a pretty big weather system.

    • Hello Herbert. We are enjoying sunny skies and a temperature that is a little lower. We have has some seasonal rains but that is not from the hurricane. This time of year the weather in Playa Del Carmen is cooling a little and we get some more rain to keep everything green.

  22. Hello. We are coming for Halloween this year and wonder what the weather will be like in Playa Del Carmen. We want to go out for some costumes and walk 5th Avenue. We want to plan on how much to wear. Thanks

  23. We will be traveling for our honeymoon here next week! Beginning of to get concerned about the weather situation for our week long stay! Oct 24-31

    • Hello Ashley. We have seen that the weather has predicted some showers. We say don’t worry about it because the weather is likely to be different. Wait until it is closer and the predictions to be more accurate. Today we have a beautiful day with perfect temperatures. This has been typical lately with some afternoon showers. We hope you have a great vacation here and have some sunny beach days.

  24. Hi. Travelling to playa del carmen on 28th Nov – 12 December. Concerned about the weather as it’s cost us 2 and a half grand! What’s the weather usually like around that time? are doe sit look to be good this year?

    • Hello Lauren

      The good news is we are out of our rainy period which is now. The weather is calm and usually low humidity and good for the beach and tours. Most locals think it is cool to swim in cenotes and the ocean but tourist will think it is marvelous weather. We wish good weather for you and that you have a great trip here. Let us know if you need anything else for your trip.

  25. Wow, beautiful website and very informative. Thanks for all the details about Playa del Carmen. We will be coming in November and like reading your site for information.

  26. Hello, we are getting married in PDC the beginning of June. I’m concerned about the weather and how hot it will be during the ceremony and reception. The wedding wil start around 4pm and I’m wondering, just how hot it will be? Also the reception will start around 6pm till 11pm, but will be on the beach. I’m hoping to get a breeze but wondering if we should plan for some sort of cooling device for guest. Can you advise what to expect so we can try to keep guest comfortable.

    • Hello Tami

      The weather is hot in June and usually 3pm is the hottest part of the day. You can expect it to be around 90F. The beach is cooler with a breeze but if guest are not used to the heat or you have a long ceremony you might want to provide umbrellas to guest or fans. It is hard to have electric fans on the beach, so alternative options will be good.

  27. Hello Mr. EPDC! I have been to Cancun so many times. I understand the flexibility of weather change…I have seen Thunderstorms in the forecast and had an amazing time all day at the beach. I will be arriving with my lady Nov. 20th- 27th. Again could you provide an updated weather situation and prediction. Also I want to dance and show my lady a wonderful Mexican night out: Culturally with some Fun (Example: alux restaurant for drinks) then dancing…?Rio Secreto the following morning before Tulum then Xcaret VIP that following day….I guess my question is after Chichen Itza and Tulum…How can I continue the Cultural experience even in a place some would consider “to commercial” THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR TIME! Yo Amo Mexico!

    • Hello Christian

      The weather has been getting clearer with less chance of afternoon showers. Our rainy period is more in October but this year spilled over in to the first week of November. Temperature wise it is near perfect.
      For dancing you could consider Salsanera on 12th Street. It is Latin scene with fun dancing and perhaps drinks at Alux or going to Thompson roof at Catch restaurant.
      Will you be staying in Playa? There are some good personal tours that can take just the two of you out for a romantic time. For the price of Rio Secreto or some other tours you can have a unique day visiting some cenotes, ruins or a cultural experience getting Mayan massages and learning about local culture. It will depend on where you are staying and what you are looking for. There are hundreds of options here and I know it can be hard for people to find what they might like.

      • Thank You. I will be staying at The Royal…Yes for this reason I write to you, there is soo much to do. My girl is so afraid that it will rain…I am like “hey you cant control the weather” in that scenario. I would like to romance her and take her dancing…but also educate her about our beautiful culture (Mezcal drinks,Mariachi, Boleros) for she is Cuban-American. I am already taking her to La Bodeguita del Medio for drinks….Also El Fogon for me is the best taco ANYWHERE…We are not up tight at all and really love places like Afrodisiako for Coffee. Thanks again!

        • I guess I over stated my welcome? Do we have to go all the way to Tulum for a beautiful beach? Playa del Carmen is not known for having the types of Beaches North and South of it…or does it?

          • Mr.Yucatan // November 18, 2016 at 5:21 AM //

            Hello Christian. There are some nice beaches north and south of Playa Del Carmen. You can see them in our guide here: http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/best-beaches-in-the-rivera-maya-to-visit/ For coffee shops you might like the new Chou Chou café. For more of things you are looking for, we do have hundreds of articles on everything, the search box can help you find more of what things you might like to show your girl to. One cool place near your hotel is Caguameria. This is a Mexican style restaurant and bar. Order the bone marrow tacos and have a beer or mezcal. It will be a unique experience!

          • Thank You! Much appreciate your info and time to get back at me. I would be glad to buy you a drink and taco for such wonderful advice! We are looking to just soak up the beautiful weather and streets of this magical place. I have always skipped PDC for cenotes and Tulum. Glad I found someone special to share such a romantic place. Thanks Again Mr. Yucatan!

  28. Hi! I’m going to Playa del Carmen in mid-February. How´is the weather during this period? I hope for sun and swimming every day. Should we bring a jacket for the evenings?

    • This time of year normally it is tranquil with days in the low 80’s and sun. You will probably travel with a jacket but you can wear a light sweatshirt and layer when you travel and then have a light jacket for the evenings when it is 73 degrees out. You will notice most locals don’t swim in cenotes and the beach but tourist will be running into the ocean. It is a year round swimming location. We hope you have a great time here.

  29. Ely Maldonado // December 6, 2016 at 10:16 PM // Reply

    Hello! I will be there the first week of January. You mentioned that the average temp is 23 degrees, which is pretty cool for me. Are there any chances that it maybe a bit warmer? Can’t picture myself at the beach on. 23 degree weather 😞

    • You do realize that is Celsius and not Fahrenheit correct? It might warm your heart and ideas of going to the beach that we are in a heat wave. We have been using the air-conditioning lately. It is very summer like now, so we don’t think you will have any problems getting to the beach.

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