Mexico Weather in October

As the vibrant colours of autumn paint the landscapes, October unfolds in Mexico with a captivating blend of weather and cultural festivities. This month marks the onset of the fall season, offering a delightful escape from the summer heat while still retaining the warmth that makes Mexico a popular destination year-round. Want to know all about the weather in Mexico in October? Keep reading as we share more tips and tricks.

What is the weather like in Mexico in October?

The weather in Mexico in October is still transitioning from hot summer sunshine to more mild and comfortable temperatures across the country come October.

The coastal regions, such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, experience average temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), while inland cities like Mexico City and Guadalajara have temperatures ranging from 12°C to 23°C (54°F to 73°F).

In the Sierra Madre Oriental, it will be wet. In October and November the area welcomes what the locals call chipichipi, a persistent fine drizzle caused by warm airstreams from the Gulf hitting cooler air as they reach the eastern face of the Sierra.

The damp brings bounties in terms of great coffee and the luxuriance of flowers, but downpours can become a problem. Drivers should watch out for the fog that frequently cloaks the higher sections of this region.

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Tortuguero National Park

A leatherback turtle ©Shutterstock

Is Mexico warm in October?

The weather in Mexico in October remains warm, although the intensity of the summer heat gradually wanes. Travellers can still expect comfortably warm days, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

The weather strikes a perfect balance between warm and pleasant, allowing visitors to explore various destinations without the scorching summer temperatures.

However, this is the low season in Acapulco as it's usually rainy. Still, vast numbers of both leatherback and green turtles make their way up the sandbar at Playa Maruata and Colola to lay their eggs, with hotel owners organising beach walks to see them.

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Is October a good time to visit Mexico?

In October, as the summer rush subsides, Mexico becomes an ideal destination for travellers seeking tranquillity. Popular tourist attractions are quieter, allowing visitors to explore the country's beauty at a leisurely pace.

Summer, from June to October, is in theory the rainy season in Mexico, but just how wet it is varies wildly from place to place. In the heart of the country, you can expect a heavy but short-lived downpour virtually every afternoon; in the north, hardly any rain falls, ever.

Along the beaches, September to mid-October is hurricane season. Expect wet weather, choppy seas and regular tropical storms.

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The steep, colourful hills of Guanajuato © Bill Perry / Shutterstock

Guadalajara © Shutterstock

Average rainfall in Mexico in October

In October, the average rainfall in Mexico varies depending on the region. Coastal areas might still experience sporadic showers, but the rainfall tends to be less intense compared to the peak of the rainy season.

The average rainfall in coastal regions like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta hovers around 100mm to 150mm (4 to 6 inches) during October.

Inland cities, such as Mexico City and Guadalajara, experience lower rainfall amounts, averaging around 50mm to 100mm (2 to 4 inches) during the month.

The reduced rainfall creates more inviting weather for outdoor explorations and festivities than the rainy season.

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Festivals and events in Mexico in October

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

  • Feria (last week of Oct). Colima’s major festival runs from the last days of October until November 11.
  • Festival Internacional Cervantino (mid-Oct). Guanajuato’s big, two-and-a-half-week music fest, dates back to the 1970s. Every October, it brings together Mexican marimba legends, French jazz artists, choral music from England and international dance troupes.

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updated 06.12.2023

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