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The Riviera Maya has a tropical wet and dry climate (according to the Köppen Climate Classification). Few temperature differences between seasons, but pronounced rainy seasons. The area is always warm and is moderated by onshore  trade winds, with an annual temperature around 27°C/81°F.

Average Sea Temperature

Jan

26°C

79°F

Feb

26°C

79°F

Mar

26°C

79°F

Apr

27°C

81°F

May

28°C

82°F

Jun

29°C

84°F

Jul

29°C

84°F

Aug

29°C

84°F

Sep

29°C

84°F

Oct

29°C

84°F

Nov

28°C

82°F

Dec

27°C

81°F

 

 Thanks to the Yucatán current continually bringing warm water from further south, the sea temperature is always very warm, with lows of 79 °F (26 °C) in winter and highs of 84 °F (29 °C) in summer.

 

 More air temperate conditions occur from November to February with occasional refreshing northerly breezes, it is drier and becomes hotter in March and April.

 The hottest season is from May to September, due to proximity to the Caribbean and Gulf humidity is high the year round, especially so during hurricane season.

 

 The tropical storm season lasts from May to December, the rainy season extends into January with peak precipitation in September.

 February to early May tend to be drier with only occasional scattered showers.

 

Although large hurricanes are rare, they have struck near to Cancún in recent years, Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 being the largest, and who passed directly over Playa del Carmen, remaining in the vicinity for two days. Anyway         most of the damage was relatively superficial and repaired within a few weeks of the storm.

Hurricane Gilbert made a devastating direct hit on Cancún in September 1988 and the tourist hotels needed to be rebuilt.

 

 In both cases, federal, state and municipal authorities were well prepared to deal with most of the effects on tourists and local residents.