The average annual temperature of the Riviera Maya is 25.5 degrees Celsius [78 degrees Fahrenheit], with fluctuations of 5 to 7 degrees.

In June, July, and August visitors can expect hot sunny summer weather with occasional rainfall. Usually when it rains it rains hard for a little while then dries up quickly. This is also when the sea is the calmest.

The hurricane season runs September through December and the sky can change from clear to overcast in minutes. The ocean water is warmest in August-September and starts to cool down in November.

From July through September the temperature is highest, as is rainfall. This is also the mosquito season.

November, December and January are the coolest months here, which means it’s very comfortable. There might be some rain, but not daily. This time of year, nights can be much cooler and a jacket required.

Spring [February to May] is a beautiful time of year on the Riviera, with very little rain and flowers everywhere. The ocean gets calmer and warmer, as temperatures rise. Nights can still be a little cool but the temperature is milder and more comfortable.

All year round the humidity level is very high, often around 90 per cent. Regardless of what time of year you get here, you will have great beach days and not so great beach days but the ocean is always warm enough to swim and snorkel in.

  Playa del Carmen Weather Chart

Temperature and Precipitation

playa del carmen weather chart

 Playa del Carmen Weather Chart (METRIC)

Temperature and Precipitation

playa del carmen weather metric

Please see “Playa del Carmen Weather” for month by month weather planning information.

Playa del Carmen Weather

Playa del Carmen is centrally located “in” the Mayan Riviera.



Uncertainty Terms

Indicates the percent chance of measurable (0.01 inches) precipitation occurring anywhere in the forecast zone or area.

Term Probability

Slight Chance 10-20%
Chance 30-50%
Likely 60-70%
no term used 80-100%

Descriptive Terminology

Describes further details regarding the timing and type of precipitation forecasted.Duration Terms include: Occasional, Periods, Frequent, Brief, etc.Intensity Terms include: Very Light, Light, Heavy (Lack of an intensity term is moderate intensity)

Areal Qualifiers

Indicated precipitation will occur in the forecast zone or area, but will only cover a certain percentage of the zone or area.

Coverage Term
10-20% Isolated
30-50% Scattered
60-70% Numerous
80-100% no term used

Combining Terminology

Intensity terms can be combined with duration terms, uncertainty terms or areal qualifiers. Some common combinations: scattered light showers, periods of heavy rain, chance of heavy snow.

Duration terms can not be combined with uncertainty terms or areal qualifiers. Uncertainty terms and areal qualifiers can not be combined with each other.

A few incorrect combinations for example: chance of scattered showers, chance of occasional rain, periods of scattered showers.


Term Cloud Cover Weather observations and aviation forecasts use areal terms, such as clear, few, scattered, broken or overcast.

Cloudy 8/8

Mostly Cloudy 6/8 – 7/8

Partly Cloudy or

Partly Sunny 3/8 – 5/8

Mostly Clear or

Mostly Sunny 1/8 to 2/8

Clear or Sunny less than 1/8