Playa del Carmen Weather: What You Need to Know

Playa del Carmen weather

Whether in the air, at sea or on land, Playa del Carmen weather affects us all.

It’s even an obsession of ours. As you can imagine, our work depends on it.

Inclement weather can make or break our business, which is why we are constantly following what is going to happen.

And while it may seem cut and dry, following the Riviera Maya weather forecast can be a big challenge.

There can be a rainy day in Playa del Carmen, and just down the road in Tulum or right across the Caribbean Sea in Cozumel, all is bright and sunny.

We know that when you come here on vacation you’re looking for fun in the sun and that too much rain or stormy weather can put a damper on your plans.

Often times, many people take a look at the Google weather forecast for Playa del Carmen and immediately panic, especially during rainy season.

But just like the fact that all that glitters isn’t gold, all those cloud and precipitation icons you see don’t equate to a ruined vacation in Playa del Carmen.

Let’s look at the most important questions to understand our local climate.

Is it going to rain in Playa del Carmen?

Caribbean Sea, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Yes. Maybe. Sometimes.

Playa del Carmen is a tropical destination. As such, the rain god Chaac sometimes decides it’s time to douse us with his magic.

But did you know we have much more sunshine than rain?

In fact, there are approximately 300 days of sunshine a year (take that, London!).

During those fabulous, and sometimes way too hot, sunny days in Playa del Carmen, a raindrop or two — thousands — may fall.

But hey, don’t forget you’re on vacation to relax!

What’s the Playa del Carmen weather forecast?

Cozumel to Playa del Carmen sunset from ferry

We often get reservations or inquiries weeks or even months out with people wanting to know if we’re going to have good weather.

It’s an understandable concern but one that not even the world’s top meteorologist could ever answer.

As a general rule of thumb, you can’t really predict the Playa del Carmen weather forecast more than a few days to a week out.

Even then, ocean currents and wind patterns can still make it hit or miss.

When checking the weather forecast, always pay attention to one small but very important detail: the amount of precipitation.

As mentioned above, those clouds and raindrops you see appearing on your iPhone or Android may just be referring to a few drops in the morning and sunny skies the rest of the day.

Of course, the higher amount of precipitation will allow you to know if it’s going to be a short rain or one that may change your plans for that day.

What’s the weather like in Playa del Carmen in _______?

Riviera Maya weather

Another question we get a lot is about the weather for a specific month.

Luckily, historical data allows us to speak in generalizations, even if they are only that.

Unlike other parts of the world, especially those of you up north or down south of the equator, where there are typically four seasons, that’s not the case with Playa del Carmen weather.

In fact, here we have two seasons: rainy season and dry season.

But again, rainy season often times means a shower in the morning or afternoon but otherwise a big, blue beautiful sky. Or the other way around, but you get the point.

Let’s break it down month by month to make it easier to digest:

Playa del Carmen weather by month

Sky over Riviera Maya on Fly Playa tour

January

In an ideal world, this is our “winter”. What does that mean? Cold fronts sweeping down from the north can bring wind and rain, but also cooler temperatures.

Ave. high – 82º F
Ave. low – 68º F
Ave. rainfall – 68.5 mm

February

Things starting heating up a little more in February, but it’s still possible to get the occasional cold front. It’s also low season in terms of tourism, so it’s a good month not just for lovers but also for great travel deals.

Ave. high – 84º F
Ave. low – 68º F
Ave. rainfall – 36.1 mm

March

Springtime in the north, more of the same beautiful Playa del Carmen weather for us. But is it just me or is it starting to feel like summer?

Ave. high – 87º F
Ave. low – 72º F
Ave. rainfall – 28.7 mm

April

Now there’s no doubt. The cold fronts are a thing of the past and the temperature begins to climb it’s way up to the even hotter summer months. Still, both the sea and land temperatures remain a bit cooler than in July or August. Plus, it’s time for Spring Break.

Ave. high – 86º F
Ave. low – 73º F
Ave. rainfall – 39.8 mm

Playa del Carmen rainbow

May

Remember the saying that April showers bring May flowers? Well with Playa del Carmen weather, May rushes in the start of the rainy season. This is where it starts to get more important to pay attention to just how much precipitation is expected over the course of the next day or two. Beyond that, it’s mostly just guessing.

Ave. high – 86º F
Ave. low – 73º F
Ave. rainfall – 80.7 mm

June

Did we say it’s getting hot? Well, we forgot to mention humid. Yes, summer is raising its head and Chaac is at work making sure that the earth is quenched. Hurricane season starts in the Atlantic during this month, as does the phenomenal migrations of whale sharks to the region. Hurray!

Ave. high – 87º F
Ave. low – 74º F
Ave. rainfall – 131.4 mm

July

As a local, this is where you generally start to see a bigger dent in your wallet due to A/C costs. Yes, it’s the price of living in paradise. Rain, sun, more sun, a little more rain. Repeat.

Ave. high – 88º F
Ave. low – 74º F
Ave. rainfall – 112.9 mm

August

Okay, maybe these snowbirds who migrate south in the winter and north in the summer are on to something because the heat just don’t stop. And the humidity. Ugh. But, whale sharks are still here and have you seen those views from the Fly Playa airplanes?

Ave. high – 89º F
Ave. low – 74º F
Ave. rainfall – 117.3 mm

Playa del Carmen sunset

September

If there’s a real low season in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya this is when it starts. The rains tend to be a little more constant, the heat slowly — too slowly — starts to descend, and the possibility of cold fronts coming in from the north starts to become a real possibility.

Ave. high – 87º F
Ave. low – 74º F
Ave. rainfall – 155.8 mm

October

If September had a twin sister it would definitely be October. The temperature continues to descend a bit, but just one or two degrees. Really? Are cold fronts things that you can root for?

Ave. high – 86º F
Ave. low – 73 F
Ave. rainfall – 177.6 mm

November

Ah, winter. Somewhere else. Nevertheless, the few degrees drop in temperatures and lesser humidity makes a big difference. Plus, it’s another great low season month. Without a doubt, November is a good month to plan a Playa del Carmen vacation. Plus, it also coincides with Day of the Dead!

Ave. high – 83º F
Ave. low – 70º F
Ave. rainfall – 108.5 mm

December

’Tis the season to go tropical. Yes, beginning in the middle of December everything is full in and around Playa del Carmen. People are celebrating the season’s cheer at the beach like they should be. At the beach and with a cold beer or fruity cocktail. Great weather, wonderful spirit, and lots of beautiful people.

Ave. high – 82º F
Ave. low – 68º F
Ave. rainfall – 80.2 mm

Sources: Accuweather / Time & Date

When is Hurricane Season in Playa del Carmen?

Playa del Carmen rain storm

Hurricane season in Playa del Carmen and the entire Atlantic officially begins on June 1st and goes through the end of November. Cross your fingers, because it has been many years since the region has been seriously affected by a major hurricane. We have had some minor hurricane and tropical storms over the years, but nothing like Hurricane Gilbert (1988) or Hurricane Wilma (2005).

The good thing about hurricanes, if there is such a thing, is that they are somewhat predictable. Meteorologists are getting increasingly better at forecasting possible paths of tropical storms days before they reach their destination. This allows the local population time to prepare.

In Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Cozumel, Tulum and other tourist destinations, the local governments have developed contingency plans to ensure the safety of the population — including our visitors.

In case of an eventual storm, all necessary measures will be taken to ensure that everyone is protected and safe.

What can I do on a rainy day in Playa del Carmen?

Ik Kil cenote Chichen Itza

But what if Chaac decides the earth needs a little more watering while you’re on your vacation in the Riviera Maya?

After all, Playa del Carmen weather is a force of nature that we cannot control.

But what we can control is how we deal with things, and what we do to make sure that we still enjoy our time in Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya.

Luckily, there are lots of activities that can be enjoyed come rain or shine.

Whether or not it rains, visiting an underground river or cenote should definitely be on your bucket list of things to see and do in the region. We recommend you check out either Rio Secreto or Dos Ojos cenote.

Another great option is to make your way to Cancun for a visit to the Mayan museum. While you’re there you can head over to the La Isla shopping mall where they have recently installed the new IMAX theater.

In the evening, you can always check out the Cirque Du Soleil show Joya or go for an adults-only vaudeville spectacular at the Rauxa Theater located in the Catalonia Tulum resort.

But you know what’s even better?

Relax! Do nothing. Sleep in. Read a book. Grab a drink and watch the rain.

But above all, don’t forget you’re on vacation!

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