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Cathedral, Mexico City, Mexico. Author Anagoria. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
Cathedral, Mexico City, Mexico. Author Anagoria

Mexico City climate: when to go to Mexico City

Mexico City is located on a plateau at about 2,250 meters above sea level in the so-called Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt (Eje Volcánico Transversal). This means that Mexico City is part of the climate zone of Tierras Frias, ie those regions of Mexico located at altitudes between 1,600 and 2,800 meters.

The climate of Mexico City is therefore the sub-tropical climate of the plateau which is characterized by a single rainy season, with average maximum temperatures mild and average minimum temperatures cool. The city’s location – set among the mountains – means that the rains are not too plentiful: Mexico City receives an average of between 750 and 800 mm of rain per year.

Rainfall is concentrated largely in the months between June and September, while between November and April rains very rarely. The wettest months are July and August. Mexico City has an average of 124 rainy days per year. During the rainy season – from June to September – the city has between 18 and 23 days of rain per month, while in the dry season – between November and March – there are only 2 or 4 days of rain per month. The percentage average annual humidity is 62%, but it varies greatly according to the months: October is the wettest month with 78% humidity, while the driest is March with the 45% humidity. The snow is a rare event while hail is frequent during the rainy season, Mexico City has an average of 9 days of hail per year.

Chapultepec Lake and the Torres Genelas de Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico. Author Kenrou II. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Chapultepec Lake and the Torres Genelas de Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico. Author Kenrou II

The temperatures are mild for most of the year, the average annual temperature is 16.6 ° C. The hottest months are those that precede the onset of the rainy season: in April and May, the average maximum temperatures exceed 26°C. The average minimum temperature reached the highest values ​​in June with 12.3 ° C.

In the colder months – that is, in December and January – the average maximum temperatures do not drop below 21°C, while the average minimum temperatures touching the lowest in January with 7.4 ° C. In winter, temperatures rarely drop below freezing. Thanks to the long dry season and the excellent climate the hours of sunshine in Mexico City are 2,211 per year.

WHEN TO GO TO MEXICO CITY

Due to the mild climate the visit of Mexico City can be done at any time of the year. It would be preferable to avoid the rainy season – so the months between June and September – for the high humidity and heavy rainfall. The ideal season for a trip to Mexico City is the dry season from November to April, this is the best time for a visit to the Mexican highlands.

 

MEXICO CITY CLIMATE TABLES

MEXICO CITY (Tacubaya) (2308 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 7,4 21,7 7,6  2,2
February 8,5 23,4 7,0  2,5
March 10,4 25,7 8,9  4,1
April 12,3 26,8 22,5  6,8
May 13,2 26,8 66,5  12,9
June 13,5 25,3 140,0  18,7
July 12,5 23,8 189,5  23,2
August 12,7 23,9 171,2  20,9
September 12,7 23,3 139,8  18,2
October 11,2 22,9 72,4  9,6
November 9,7 22,9 12,6  3,8
December 8,1 21,9 8,2  2,0
YEAR 11,0 24,0 846,1  124,8

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