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Best time to visit Cancun, Mexico

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The best time to visit Cancun is January

Cancun is a place lots of people visit almost all year round, but if you’re looking for the best time to go, January is definitely the time you should visit. This is based on a number of factors such as the weather, cost of flights and accommodation, peak travel periods and more.

In summer, the average maximum temperature is around 31℃ (88℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 32℃ (90℉) on the hottest days of the year. The weather in the winter, especially around January, can reach a minimum of 20℃ (67℉).

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Cancun when the days are longest, you should visit in August. You don’t want to get wet on your holiday, do you? Well if you’re trying to avoid the rain, then steer clear of Cancun in October. Head over there in March instead if you want to increase your chances of not being rained on.

To learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to visit Cancun, keep reading below. Plus, you’ll find tools to help you get the best deals on travel and hotels too!

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

March

Most daylight

August

Cancun seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Cancun as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Cancun is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Cancun

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Cancun for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Cancun climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Cancun for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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NOV
DEC

Cancun in January

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 67mm (3") over 20 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cancun in January, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Cancun in February

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 39mm (2") over 15 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cancun in February, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Cancun in March

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 26mm (1") over 14 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cancun in March, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Cancun in April

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 43mm (2") over 12 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cancun in April, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Cancun in May

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 78mm (3") over 18 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cancun in May, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Cancun in June

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (86℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 84mm (3") over 18 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cancun in June, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Cancun in July

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 57mm (2") over 19 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cancun in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Cancun in August

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 74mm (3") over 21 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cancun in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Cancun in September

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 91mm (4") over 21 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cancun in September, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.

Cancun in October

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 137mm (5") over 23 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cancun in October, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Cancun in November

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 83mm (3") over 21 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cancun in November, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Cancun in December

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 63mm (2") over 21 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cancun in December, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Cancun is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 31℃ (88℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Cancun is generally around March. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in March first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Cancun is generally around October, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of October too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Cancun, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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