Mexico Weather in May

As May arrives, Mexico transforms into a captivating paradise of sunlit splendour. With spring in full bloom, the country beckons travellers to experience its diverse climates, from coastal havens to cultural treasures. In this article, we embark on a journey through the weather in Mexico in May, unveiling a tapestry of destinations that promise unforgettable moments amidst the warm embrace of the sun. Join us in embracing the beauty of this enchanting season!

What is the weather like in Mexico in May?

The weather in Mexico in May features warm temperatures ranging from 18°C to 34°C (60-90°F), making it an ideal time for cultural exploration, beach adventures, and outdoor activities across the country

Oaxaca experiences warm temperatures ranging from 24°C to 30°C (70-80°F). It marks the start of the rainy season, with occasional showers adding to the lush greenery, making it perfect for cultural exploration and savouring local cuisine.

In Mexico City and the central highlands, May offers mild and pleasant weather, with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 24°C (60-70°F). It's an ideal time to explore the capital's historical sites and enjoy outdoor activities without the peak tourist crowds.

The Yucatán Peninsula, including Mérida, Tulum, Ruta Puuc, and Chichén Itzá, enjoys tropical warmth with temperatures ranging from 29°C to 34°C (80-90°F). The region experiences the beginning of the rainy season, but most days are sunny, making it perfect for beach adventures and discovering ancient Mayan ruins.

Overall, May presents a favorable time to visit Mexico, with pleasant temperatures and occasional rains to nurture the landscapes.

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Samula cenote, Mexico © lunamarina/Shutterstock

Samula Cenote, Mexico ©Shutterstock

Is Mexico warm in May?

The weather in Mexico in May sees an increase in temperatures. On the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun and the Riviera Maya welcome visitors with warm days and average temperatures around 29°C (84°F) with approximately 10 hours of daily sunshine.

On the Pacific coast, Mazatlán has warm, pleasant temperatures of around 27°C (81°F).

In the centre of Mexico, the captivating city of Oaxaca experiences more moderate days, with average temperatures of around 26°C (79°F), perfect for attending one of its many fiestas.

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Is May a good time to visit Mexico?

As the peak tourist season subsides, May presents an excellent opportunity to explore the country without the bustling crowds. The weather in May is generally pleasant, with warm temperatures making it an ideal time for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Don't miss the Cinco de Mayo Celebrations (May 5) in Acapulco or visiting Tequila for its Día de la Santa Cruz (May 3) fiesta with mariachi and plenty of imbibing of the local tipple. World Tequila Day (May 27) is also celebrated with parades and drinking, but in Amatitán instead.

However, it pays to do your research before visiting as some businesses are only open at the weekends and many more shut in May, such as those Querétaro.

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View of Banderas Bay and Puerto Vallarta © Ferenz/Shutterstock

Puerta Vallarta, Mexico © Shutterstock

Average rainfall in Mexico in May

The weather in Mexico in May provides rain the northern regions of Mexico, averaging from 0 to 25 mm (0 to 1 inch).

Central regions, including Mexico City, maintain relatively dry conditions with an average rainfall of around 5 to 15 mm (0.2 to 0.6 inches).

Eastern coastal areas, like the Yucatan Peninsula and destinations such as Cancun and the Riviera Maya, start to experience an increase in rainfall, with averages ranging from 50 to 100 mm (2 to 4 inches).

Southern states like Chiapas and Oaxaca see higher rainfall amounts, with averages ranging from 100 to 200 mm (4 to 8 inches).

With our tailor-made trip to Mexico's Highlands and Coast, you will discover Mexico City's historic highlights and the wonders of sites like Teotihuacan, Campeche and Palenque before you jet off to the Central Highlands. Discover archaeological ruins and traditional tribal villages, then fall for the charms of Mexico's old colonial cities and the glitzy Caribbean coast.

Festivals and events in Mexico in May

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

  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5). Commemorating the 1862 Battle of Puebla, it’s a public holiday in Mexico, but is actually celebrated more enthusiastically in the US, where many Gringos (who see the date as a chance to have a theme party involving sombreros, nachos and tequila) have come to believe that it’s Mexico’s equivalent of the US’s July 4. In Mexico it’s not such a big deal, except in Puebla, where it is celebrated with an exuberant fiesta.

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updated 06.12.2023

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