Mexico Weather in January

As the new year unfolds, Mexico beckons with its enchanting landscapes, cultural festivities, and a delightful climate that varies from one region to another. January is a captivating time to explore this diverse country. Whether you seek warm beaches, vibrant city life, or cultural immersion, Mexico has something special to offer during this month. Let's embark on this journey together and discover the best places to visit and activities to enjoy while experiencing the weather in Mexico in January.

What is the weather like in Mexico in January?

The weather in Mexico in January has diverse conditions due to its varied geography. Generally, northern regions, like Tijuana and Mexicali, have cooler temperatures, ranging from the mid-60°F to mid-70°F (18-24°C) during the day. Central Mexico, including Mexico City and Guadalajara, enjoys mild days with temperatures in the high 60°F to 70°F (20-24°C) and cooler nights in the 50°F (10-15°C).

On the Pacific Coast, places like Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco offer pleasant temperatures, with highs in the low to 80°F ((27-30°C) and mild nights in the 60°F (15-20°C). The Yucatan Peninsula, encompassing Cancun and Playa del Carmen, experiences warm and humid weather, with daytime temperatures ranging from the high 70 to 80°F (25-28°C).

January also marks the peak season and is considered the best time to visit Mexico.

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Mexico City ©Shutterstock

Is Mexico warm in January?

Yes, the weather in Mexico in January is generally warm, especially in coastal and lowland regions. January marks the dry season in many parts of the country, leading to pleasant and inviting weather with warm temperatures.

Coastal areas such as Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Riviera Maya experience warm weather during January, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F). These destinations offer a perfect escape for travellers seeking a respite from the winter cold and a chance to enjoy the sun on beautiful beaches.

Inland cities like Mexico City and Guadalajara also maintain relatively mild temperatures during January. Average daytime temperatures vary from 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), providing a comfortable climate for exploring cultural attractions and historical landmarks.

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Is January a good time to visit Mexico?

January is generally considered a good time to visit Mexico as it falls within the dry season and comfortable temperatures are matched with limited rainfall.

It's also the peak tourist season, so while popular destinations may be busier, all tourist attractions, hotels, and activities are in full swing.

Towns like San Blas are a magnet for bird watchers in January and Guerrero Negro welcomes scores of grey whales just off the coast in one of Mexico’s most extraordinary natural phenomena.

Did you know? January is a good time to witness the vibrant festivities of the Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings' Day) in Guanajuato.

Beach on Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mexico © Shutterstock

Playa del Carmen © Shutterstock

Average rainfall in Mexico in January

The weather in Mexico in January is considered to be dry season, making it one of the best months to visit for travellers seeking pleasant weather with minimal rainfall.

Coastal areas and beach destinations, such as Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Riviera Maya, typically have lower rainfall in January. The average rainfall in these regions can range from 25mm to 50mm (1 to 2 inches) during the month. These coastal areas enjoy sunny days and comfortable temperatures, making them popular choices for winter vacations.

Inland cities, like Mexico City and Guadalajara, also experience a decrease in rainfall during January. The average rainfall in these cities can range from 10mm to 25mm (0.4 to 1 inch). The drier weather provides a pleasant environment for exploring cultural attractions and outdoor activities.

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Festivals and events in Mexico in January

There are several festivals and events that take place in Mexico during the month of January. This is the biggest:

  • New Year (Jan 1). Still, largely an occasion to spend with family, the actual hour being celebrated with the eating of grapes.
  • Twelfth Night (Epiphany, Reyes) (Jan 6). Presents are traditionally given on this, the last day of Christmas, when the biblical Magi are believed to have arrived bearing gifts. Nowadays, things are shifting in line with American custom, and more and more people are exchanging gifts on December 25 instead.
  • Ortiz Tirado Music Festival (late Jan). A festival of classical music held annually in Alamos, Sonora, in honour of opera singer Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (who died in 1960), draws leading classical musicians and singers from across the world.

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updated 06.12.2023

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