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What the weather will be like for your vacation in Cancun Mexico

Cancun vs Playa Del Carmne One of the beaches in Cancun.

Cancun weather is what everyone is concerned about when coming on vacation. We thought we would put together this guide for you so you can know what to expect for weather.

Cancun 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 Cancun

Cancun weather

 

May often feels the hottest month on average in Cancun 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 Cancun

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 Cancun

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 or MarchOctober has the most rainfall. This often depends on which months hurricanes or tropical storms pass through.

Cancun Weather

 

When is the dry and wet season in Cancun?

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 Cancun?

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 Cancun?

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 Cancun 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.

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 in a row. If you are here on vacation and one approaches, all of the hotels are very prepared to help guest fly home or take cover. Hurricane season in the Atlantic is June through November.

Natural Cycles of weather in Cancun 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 Cancun today?

For all the latest weather in Cancun, you can check wind guru website. Once you are on the page, just enter “Cancun” 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. Many boat people will use this site for Cancun weather predictions.

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.

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

If you are going to Cancun you should also read our article on what are the best excursions to go on.

 Cancun weather

This is looking north up the coast toward the Cancun Hotel Zone on a beautiful weather day!

43 Comments on What the weather will be like for your vacation in Cancun Mexico

  1. Victoria Munds // August 24, 2017 at 3:20 PM // Reply

    Don’t know what to expect for Christmas time weather there. Is it warm enough to swim?

    • Hello Victoria

      The weather in Cancun is very nice in December. In fact it is a very popular time for tourist to come. You will be able to spend the days on the beach and swimming as well.

  2. What’s the weather like now that the storms have been passing through?

    • Hello

      We had Harvey pass over us and it was more just a small rain event. It was nothing really. We were fortunate compared to what happened in Texas. The weather has been calm recently.

  3. With all the hurricanes in the Caribbean how is the weather been in Cancun lately? We arrive on October 14th.

    • Hello Fennel

      The hurricanes have gone around us and we have had a calm late summer. We are experiencing the random daily shower which is typical for this time of year. Other then that, you can get some good beach time in.

  4. Hi I am going travel in the end of May I see the weather I will cloud and rain I think I am not going get enough sun 😞

    • Mr.Yucatan // May 19, 2018 at 6:19 PM // Reply

      It does rain more in May but usually not everyday or all day. We have been getting sun for a good part of most days even though it may say thunderstorms.

    • Hello we are going to cancun on the first week of october do you think it will be really rainy ?

  5. Sheila P Govern // July 6, 2018 at 10:04 AM // Reply

    What will weather be like in September 2018 in Cancun? Any predictions? Lots of rain? Did you have a hurricane in 2017 there?

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 7, 2018 at 7:39 AM // Reply

      Hello Sheila

      We have not had a hurricane in over 5 years! The waters are warmer this year so there is an increased chance but the currents have been taking the storms to the US and east coast. New York City of all places has gotten more hurricanes then us lately! Crazy!. In September we can get rain but usually not everyday. October is more the rainy month. The temperatures though are wonderful, calm and not too hot.

  6. Steven Habeck // August 13, 2018 at 5:58 PM // Reply

    What time does the sun set in January

  7. Hello. We willbe traveling to Riviera Maya September 21-26. Since it’s a short trip, we are worried it might rain most of the time. Do you think that will be the case?
    Thank you.

    • Hello Susanna

      It usually does not rain several days in a row. Our current weather pattern is when it gets hot and the energy builds, we can get an afternoon shower. Usualy the mornings are sunny and nice and there is a chance of late day showers. It should not be something to worry about.

  8. We are planning a trip to Cancun in sep 17-21 we are worried about rain everyday? What are the odds

    • Hello Beverly

      We don’t often have several days of rain in a row. We have currently had a weather pattern of clear beautiful mornings and possible showers in the afternoon. You should be able to get some sun and fun here. We hope you have a great vacation!

  9. Ange Bender // October 5, 2018 at 9:38 AM // Reply

    Trip to Cancun is tomorrow through Tuesday. I see there is a tropical storm approaching. Would you suggest still coming or trying to reschedule?
    Thx

    • Unless you have travel insurance that will cover it, we say come. It will probably pass with some rain but they don’t tend to last too long. Usualy the weather is pretty nice after the storms.

  10. coming Monday Oct 15th to Thursday Oct 18th. Hoping for nice weather!

    • Hello Joe

      It looks like the weather will be nice. We really lucked out with the last tropical storm because it was just off the coast and then hit the US as a hurricane. Today is a beautiful day already and we had a nice pink sunrise.

  11. We will be arriving Nov 14 to the 24th we usually come for first 10 days of may but wznt to spend Thanksgiving there. What can we expect the eeather to be like?

  12. We will be arriving December 17 and stay through Dec 21. I am very concerned because I see rain and thunderstorms in the forecast during our stay. What would the storm look like? Will the storm wash out our plan to go Chichen Itza on the Wednesday (Dec 19).

    • Usually when it does rain it is a short time and not all day. So most of the day should be dry if it does rain. Forecast are not very accurate here. The other thing to remember is that Chichen Itza is three hours away in a different state. So the weather can be different in the two locations. Chichen Itza is great to visit and a good tour company will have umbrellas if you need them. It is still worth going even if it rains. The place is large so it is hard to even imagine it raining the entire time you are there. We hope you have a good trip and any showers do not rain on you.

  13. Hi we get there tomorrow 1/7 and weather looks cloudy and rainy most of the week! Is it suppose to be like that all day?
    I’m bumming out!

    • Kim

      We have had nice weather lately and even when it shows a chance of rain each day that does not mean it will rain. Normally it is not rainy all day even when it does rain. You should still have some sun and fun. We hope you have a great vacation.

  14. I will be in Cancun Jan 20 to 26 and it shows clouds and some rain the whole time I am there. I am worried there won’t be much sun

    • Remember that the weather is more then a week away that you are looking at. It is very unpredictable here. And all weather is just a good guess. Most days there is still sun and maybe partial clouds. So don’t worry too much.

  15. I’ll be in Cancun from Jan 24-29.. days chilly? Do I need to bring sweaters on this trip.. also is the weather good for swimming g days we come

    • Swimming for tourist is year round. Locals tend not to swim in the winter months but that is because they are thin skinned. Tourists love the weather! Sometimes we get a north front that brings cooler air and it can be in the 60’s at night. If you are going on the ferry to Isla Mujeres sometimes the weather feels cooler. In general though it is normally warm and sunny. We hope you have a good trip!

  16. We are coming to Cancun this week. How has been the weather? Is there any rain?

  17. What is the weather expected to be like first 2 weeks in May

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 7, 2019 at 12:40 PM // Reply

      Hello Debbie

      Expect hot weather! It is often the hotter time of the year with no rain. We often have 30-34 degrees out. It makes for good beach weather but bring sunblock.

  18. Hi there, we are coming to Cancun this week. Hows your weather?

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 10, 2019 at 7:17 AM // Reply

      It has been sunny and hot lately. We have a chance of showers each day but if that happens it is short and will not ruin the day.

  19. Shanna Rutgers // August 5, 2019 at 5:27 AM // Reply

    Hi!
    My friend and i are from the netherlands and want to come to Cancun in september, but we are not sure yet because of the weather. Can you tell us more about the weather in september? Is it really that rainy?

    • Mr.Yucatan // August 5, 2019 at 9:23 AM // Reply

      Hello Shanna

      It is not usually rainy in September. Usually the weather is nice because it is not the hottest time of the year. It is toward the end of hurricane season and there is always a small chance of a storm, but we have not had any in the past 8 years now.

  20. Hi we are staying at the grand Esmeralda lake hotel in Oct 2019 could you please tell me what the dress code for mealtimes is please and what the hotel is like thanks

    • Hello Brett

      Most hotels have a no swimsuit no tank top policy for dinning rooms and more formal dinning. Rules of dress are more casual in the Riviera Maya because they want guest to enjoy their stay with little rules. No dinning requires jackets or ties for men. For the exact policies of the hotel you can call their number here for details. 866) 266-3306

  21. Hi , I see 5 days of rain , and travelling next week sept 25th to oct 1st was hoping for sun , is it still possible ? What are the chAnce , I see 90% here in canda for Cancun..

    • Usually when the forecast says this it means there is a chance of one or two hours a day of rain. We rarely get several days of rain together. It would have to be a large store that is moving very slow. With 300 plus days of sunshine, it is very likely you will have mostly clear days for your trip.

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