Rain in Yucatan Peninsula

Annual Rainfall in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean

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Located along the east coast and comprised of the Mexican states of Quintana Roo, Campeche, and Yucatan, the area known as the Yucatan Peninsula experiences weather patterns similar to many other countries touched by the Caribbean Sea.  For the most part, this means steady, high temperatures throughout the year and distinguishable dry and rainy seasons.

The rainy season in the Yucatan runs from May to October.  During this time, there is a good chance it will rain for at least a short time every day.  The rains usually come in the afternoon and last for about a half an hour.  Locals often consider the daily rain a welcome way to cool off, but for vacationers on the go it can be a deterrent.  

If you must vacation here during the rainy season (which is concurrent to the off-season) you'll find light-weight umbrella is typically all you need to keep moving.  On occasion, the storms are heavy enough to drive visitors indoors, and these are the time when unexpected treasures are found while shopping or touring a museum. 

During years of particularly heavy rains, however, there are days on end where the rain storms are heavier, often turning into thunderstorms typified by torrential downpours and heavy winds.  This can be dangerous when you're staying in the more rural areas which lack development.  Dirt roads can quickly become muddy and leave you stranded until it is safe to drive again.  If you don't plan to stay right along the coast, this is a scenario you should be sure to plan for. 

Rainfall Monthly Averages
        % Days with
Month Average
Rain Tstorm
January N.A. N.A. N.A. 17.0 1.0
February N.A. N.A. N.A. 15.0 1.0
March N.A. N.A. N.A. 10.0 0.0
April N.A. N.A. N.A. 7.0 1.0
May N.A. N.A. N.A. 14.0 2.0
June N.A. N.A. N.A. 19.0 2.0
July N.A. N.A. N.A. 12.0 1.0
August N.A. N.A. N.A. 13.0 1.0
September N.A. N.A. N.A. 24.0 2.0
October N.A. N.A. N.A. 25.0 2.0
November N.A. N.A. N.A. 17.0 1.0
December N.A. N.A. N.A. 18.0 1.0
Annual N.A. N.A. N.A. 16.0 1.0

Whether you look forward to the rain and its colling effect or you plan to avoid as much of the rainy season as possible, it helps to be prepared in the event showers do fall.  Getting to know typical weather patterns and how to handle local storms is always an important part of planning your trip.  


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