Living in Mexico. EVERYTHING you need to know (and then some)
what is the weather in Mexico like? what about hurricane season?
July 2, 2020
Weather in Mexico is quite comparable to that of the US. Snow in the north and extreme heat in the south. This simplified summary holds true for a majority of the Mexican states in that the northern regions, from Mexico City northward, see snow during the traditional winter months. The middle and southern states are hit with extreme temperatures in the summer.
Snow in Mexico
While snow is usually reserved for the higher elevations, residents of Mexico City have woken to white covered ground. Traditional snowfalls, however, as in those that can actually be measured, tend to happen in the mountain regions.
If you’re looking for snow states in Mexico, you can choose from Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Sonora. There’s no guarantee, but if it’s going to snow, these are your best bets.
Heat in Mexico
If on the other hand, you’re looking for heat, the rest of the country can easily accommodate your wish. For sun and sand destinations, Mexico has many on the west side, the Pacific Ocean side and on the east, the Caribbean Sea side.
Weather along the coastal regions is very consistent in that they both offer mild winters, rainy springs, relatively hot summers and a hurricane season that is closely monitored.
Cool winter temperatures, especially during the night hours, are common from the end of November into March. These nighttime figures can dip as low as 9C (48F) and last a few nights in a row before rebounding to normal temperatures.
Cool nights during “winter”
It is common for the temperatures to bounce up and down during these months. You will find these weeks the best to utilize any warm blankets and flannel pajamas you may own since the high humidity truly does make the cool air feel cold.
Both coasts also experience mild rains in the spring, which turn heavier during the summer. Since April into October are pretty hot, these rains often erupt in the form of pounding thunderstorms. During my years here, I’ve experienced a few that have shook the concrete foundation of my house. While the storms are mostly quick to pass, they can be very intimidating while they do.
Hurricane season in Mexico
The hurricane months are probably the least anticipated of the year due to their potential destruction. Every year, hurricanes pass by my side, the Caribbean Sea side, but have yet to hit land where I live in the Cancun, Riviera Maya region. Hurricanes and storms have, however, landed states along the Gulf of Mexico.
Pacific hurricane season
On the Pacific side, their hurricane season starts a month before ours. They run from June to November and, unfortunately for them, generally have a much more active season than we do. The Pacific side gets hit with more tropical storms and hurricanes than the Caribbean Sea side. Towns along Baja California and into the Gulf of California hear the warning sounds a lot more often.
Atlantic hurricane season
On the Caribbean Sea side, our Atlantic hurricane season runs from July 1 to the last day of November and, for the most part, is relatively uneventful. While systems develop, they rarely make their way here, even if they seem bound straight for us.
There have been several incidences over the past few years where the region (Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Cancun) have been told to brace for the storm, but at the last minute, they diverted and took on a new path. While our patio furniture may get tossed around and our birds blown from the trees, we’ve yet to have any major weather incidences since Hurricane Wilma (2005).
Servicio Meteorológico Nacional
We have a great meteorological system across Mexico that has improved over the years in terms of technology and forecasting. The country now has seismic alerts, tsunami warnings (when necessary), storm warnings and of course, hurricane watches.
Mexico is monitored by Servicio Meteorológico Nacional or SMN as the locals refer to it. It’s run by the federal government and provides us with everything from daily forecasts to storm warnings and advisories.