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Climate - Playa Del Carmen

Temperature, rainfall, prevailing weather conditions, when to go

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Playa del Carmen, the most popular resort of the Riviera Maya, located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, has a tropical climate, hot all year round, with a relatively cool and dry season from November to February, and a hotter, muggy and rainy season from June to October. From March to May, before the rainy season, the heat gradually increases.
Here are the average temperatures.
Playa del Carmen average temperatures
Playa del C. J F M A M J J A S O N D
Min (°C) 19 19 20 21 22 23 23 23 23 23 21 19
Max (°C) 28 29 31 32 33 32 33 33 32 31 29 29

Rainfall amounts to 1.400 millimetres per year; in the rainy season the rains have two peaks: at the beginning (June) and the end (September-October), therefore in July and August the rains diminish a bit, not reaching 150 mm per month. Also in May, November and December, ie before and after the rainy season, there may be showers, those of May due to the heating coming from the sun, while those of November-December are due to the fact that the sea after the summer is still warm, so the northeast trade winds reach the coast after picking up heat and moisture from the sea. However, the rains come in the form of downpour or thunderstorm, short and intense, which do not reduce by much the sunshine hours.
Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation Playa del Carmen
Playa del C. J F M A M J J A S O N D Year
Prec. (mm) 75 55 40 45 110 190 120 145 235 215 105 95 1430
Days 6 5 3 3 7 12 12 13 15 13 7 7 103

The prevalence of easterly winds all year round (though a bit cooler in the period from December to March, and hotter from May to October), entails that the temperatures in the Riviera Maya do not vary significantly throughout the year, but the tourists who wish to make excursions to the interior of Yucatán in search of Mayan archaeological sites, should know that in the period from March to May that area is really hot.
During winter, from December to mid-March, Playa del Carmen as the rest of the coast can be reached by a cool wind from the northwest, the Norte, preceded by clouds and some rain. On these occasions, the temperature can drop to 13/15 °C at night, and 20/22 °C during the day.
In the period from June to November, but especially from August to October, Playa del Carmen as the rest of the Caribbean region can be affected by hurricanes, the tropical cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean, which rarely affect a given location, but are dangerous because they can bring strong winds and heavy rains.

The amount of sunshine in Playa del Carmen is good from March to May, while it is only decent in the rest of the year, given that there may be more or less widespread cloudiness, in the rainy season (June to October), in the first months in which the sea is still warm (November-December), and in the period of the cold fronts from the United States (December to February, and sometimes the first half of March).

Playa del Carmen, from above

For swimming, the sea is warm all year round, since the water temperature ranges from 26 °C in the January-March period, to 29 °C from August to October.
Here are the average sea temperatures.
Sea temperature Playa del Carmen
Playa del C. J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sea (°C) 26 26 26 27 28 28 29 29 29 29 28 27

When to go

The best time to go to Playa del Carmen, for swimming and sunbathing, runs from mid-March to late May. Generally you can go also from December to May, but keep in mind that from December to mid-March there can be cool days, cloudy and windy, so it's better to bring a sweatshirt for the evening, especially if you are sensitive to cold; maybe you can take advantage of these cool days to organize a trip to the Mayan sites.
It should be recalled that in May the first thunderstorms erupt, and in April and especially in May the heat increases.
November would be a good month, but there is still a risk of hurricanes, though low. In July and August it's hot and it's humid, there are showers and thunderstorms, however, alternating with long periods of sunshine, but there is also a risk of tropical storms or hurricanes.

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