When to go to Mexico City: weather, best time of the year and month-by-month tips

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Martí Micolau

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Mexico City, capital of the state from which it takes its name, it attracts and inspires because it combines charm and decay. In addition to important cultural attractions such as the Templo Mayor, the Baroque Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace with the historic murals by Diego Rivera and the grandiose Plaza de la Constitución, Mexico City offers the opportunity to stroll through its bohemian neighborhoods and spend the evenings in its restaurants and clubs open until late.

To decide when to go to mexico City, the choice falls on one of the 2 seasons, the dry one and the rainy one. But one thing distinguishes the soul of Mexico City all year round: the numerous festivals and important celebrations. The annual calendar of events is indeed full of popular holidays! In Mexico City fun is guaranteed, impossible not to run into the middle of a "fiestas"!

Are you ready to go? Here's everything you need to know about when to go to Mexico City: climate, period and tips month by month!


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Mexico City: the cheapest period
  3. Mexico City in Spring (March, April, May)
  4. Mexico City in Summer (June, July, August)
  5. Mexico City in Autumn (September, October, November)
  6. Mexico City in Winter (December, January, February)
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: the dry season which runs from November to April; in November to March at night it can get very cold reaching even 0 °, while in April the climate is sunnier
  • Period to avoid: no one in particular; however, summer is the least suitable season because it is the rainiest, with an average of 17 rainy days in July and August

Mexico City enjoys a subtropical climate, in which two seasons are distinguished: a dry season from November to April and a rainy season from May to October. The spring months are usually warm and pleasant while the summer months can have heavy rains and are generally very humid. The temperature range between night and day is quite high with nights that are as clear as they are cold.

The climate is also influenced by the altitude factor which varies between 2.200 and 2.600 meters, in the tierras frias. The rains are concentrated in the summer months, when they exceed 100 millimeters per month from June to September; they are moderate in May and October, while they are sporadic in the other months. The rains occur in the form of afternoon or evening showers and, when abundant, make travel difficult.

When to go to Mexico City: the cheapest period

The rainy season is the cheapest period, except for the month of August, which together with December is one of the most popular, crowded and therefore expensive. The most recommended months to save and meet a favorable climate are October and May. September also offers good prices, however it coincides with the end of the rainy season (so showers are still quite frequent).

Mexico City in Spring (March, April, May)

Spring is the hottest season, at least during the day, thanks to the greater amount of sunshine. In April and May it can even reach 30 °, but at night it can still be a bit cold. And in May the first rains appear.

The unmissable event in March is with African music and tradition with Festival of Drumming and African Culture, while the Mexico Festival embraces art, music and dance at 360 degrees. Also in March, the Spring Night Festival comes to life to pay homage to the beginning of spring.

April is the most profitable month: starting with the African Film Festival, a film festival that stages films, feature films and short films that revolve around Africa; in the heart of the city takes place the Historic Center Festival of Mexico City, an event that combines tradition with history and culture and Mexico City Fashion Week, which transforms the city, for a week, into the capital of fashion. And again, the Ellin Kan Festival, with folk music and the reference to the indigenous tradition and the ZONAmaco - Mexican Contemporary Art Fair, a contemporary art fair of great international appeal.

Mexico City in Summer (June, July, August)

Summer is the wettest season: showers are almost daily, even if they are rarely abundant. The temperatures are mild and the temperature range is reduced to about ten degrees: in practice, the daytime temperatures are the same as in winter, while at night they are cool but not cold.

Even in these months there is no shortage of events and festivals. In August, at the end of the summer holidays, the Festival Internacional de Cine Para Niños (... Y no tan Niños), an annual event that features an impressive selection of kid-oriented films, which aren't that easy to find in Mexico. Voladores, on the other hand, is a very folkloric celebration that takes place at the end of June during which 5 participants climb a pole over 20 meters high, to the rhythm of archaic sounds played by one of them. The four survivors, representing bird-men, are tied by the feet with a rope and must be able to slowly descend to the ground as the pole turns.

Mexico City in Autumn (September, October, November)

The autumn it is very short: in October, still quite mild, the last rains occur, while in November it is practically already winter, with cold nights.

This season is a lot famous for the Festa del Dia de los Muertos, the colorful festival of the dead celebrated every year between 30 October and 2 November. Of Aztec tradition, it is a commemoration for the return of the dead to earth. In 2003 Unesco declared the festival, deeply felt and rooted in tradition, Intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Mexico City, but also cities and villages, are filled with altars with offerings and food. However, the climate is not sad and depressing, irony and fun invade the streets with adults and children mascgerati by calacas, the colorful skeletons that dance joyfully. This euphoria evokes the indigenous culture that survived the Spanish colonization, Mexicans therefore consider death as a joyful passage.

September 15 is celebrated El Grito, the insurrection against the Spanish empire led by Father Hidalgo, while on September 16 the Independence day.

Mexico City in Winter (December, January, February)

In winter, from November to February, the days are mild (in February it can reach 25 °) but at night it is cold. It hardly ever rains and sporadic windy days are appreciated because they clean the air.

In December the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of all Latin America appeared in 1531 in Mexico to a young native. The celebrations begin on the 3rd of the month, but the climax, with uninterrupted dances and dances, is reached between the eleventh and twelfth day.

Definitely more secular, in January, theInternational Festival of Music and Theater focused on performing arts, music and dance. The most representative event of this season in Mexico City is without a doubt the Carnival, which is celebrated with colorful parades of masks and allegorical floats accompanied by engaging tropical music.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: spring / autumn clothes, swimsuit and sandals, sweaters and jacket for the evening; umbrella or raincoat for any eventuality
  • In summer: summer clothes, comfortable and light, beach equipment, umbrella and raincoat, sweatshirt and sweater for the evening
  • In autumn and spring: light and informal clothes, beach equipment, umbrella and raincoat, sweatshirt and sweater for the evening

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