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Thursday 26 May
14:25 GMT | 09:25 EST

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26 May
UK Time: 14:54 BST
Local Time: 08:54 EST
29°C (84°F)
2mph (3kmh)
  • Sunrise 06:06
  • Sunset 19:23
  • Moonrise 23:27
  • Moonset 10:09
Temp feels like: 34°C (94°F)
Length of Day: 10h 52m
Humidity: 75%
Dew Point: 25°C (77°F)
Pressure: 30.01" (1016 hpa)
Visiblity: 7 miles (11 km)
Average for May 27°C (81°F)
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Historic Temperatures for 26th May in Cancun

Average High 31°C (88°F)
Record High 33°C (91°F) (1999)
Average Low 22°C (72°F)
Record Low 21°C (70°F) (1999)

Weather Overview for Cancun

Cancun is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Mexico, attracting huge numbers of tourists from Europe and the US each year. The resort is located on one of the most eastern points of the country within the Riviera Maya which runs along the Caribbean Sea. Cancun is vastly a purpose-built resort with much of the area being comprised of a thin band of white sandy beach lined by skyscraper-like hotels and lively bars, with a few ancient Mayan ruins found on the outskirts of the resort, too.

Cancun enjoys a tropical savanna climate with a very distinctive wet and dry season. Average temperatures vary very little throughout the year, typically ranging between 19°C/66°F in the middle of winter and 33°C/91°C in the middle of summer, rarely dropping below 14°C/57°C or exceeding 34°C/93°F.

The most popular time to visit Cancun is during the dry season – November to April – when temperatures are slightly cooler and the relative amount of rainfall is low. Unfortunately, since this is the most popular time to visit, it’s also the most expensive, so expect flight and accommodation prices to be sky high at this time of year.

The wet season – May to October – is slightly hotter and sees significantly more rainfall. Of the average 1,250mm/47” of rainfall that Cancun gets each year, around 900mm/36” of it falls during these months. Due to the less favourable weather, Cancun is less popular during this season, which means flights and accommodation packages can be snapped up for much lower rates than usual.

An aerial view of the hotels and beaches of Cancun, Mexico

An aerial view of the hotels and beaches of Cancun, Mexico taken by droneplcr

Dry season

During the dry season, average temperatures range from lows of 23°C/73°F in January and February (the coldest months of the year) up to highs of 26°C/79°F in April. The difference between the daytime and night time temperatures is fairly large and only increases as the month develops. Average high and low temperatures begin at 30°C/86°F and 23°C/73°F, respectively at the start of the season and drop down to 28°C/82°F and 21°C/70°F in the middle. By the end of the season in May, average highs and lows are 32°C/90°F and 23°C/73°F, respectively.

The reason Cancun enjoys slightly cooler temperatures during the dry season is due to the north trade winds. These winds are at their strongest between November and April, when they bring cool breezes to the Mexican coast.

Although it’s classed as the dry season, Cancun is still subject to some rainfall at this time of year. November is the wettest month of the season, with an average of 104mm/4” of rain falling over the course of eight wet days. By comparison, April is the driest month of the season, with just 27mm/1” falling on three days. As you can see from these figures, there’s still a chance that you’ll get a rainy day during your holiday in Cancun – even if you go during the dry season.

When precipitation occurs during the dry season, it’s usually a light or moderate rain shower which rarely lasts for more than a couple of hours. Whilst thunderstorms are a possibility, they’re very unlikely to occur during these months.

Strangely enough, during the dry season Cancun sees the fewest sunshine hours of the year. November, December and January have just eight daily hours apiece, whilst March and April each have ten daily hours. Median cloud cover ranges between 57% and 52% (partly cloudy) during this season, which translates into plenty of clear blue skies and sunshine, with a few overcast minutes each day caused by stray clouds.

The average sea temperature for Cancun stays fairly constant all-year-round, although it’s at its coolest during the dry season. At this time of year, the sea is coolest in February and March when it’s just 26°C/79°FC, whilst it’s warmest in November, when it’s 28°C/82°F. Both of these temperatures are more than warm enough for you to enjoy a swim whilst on holiday and, since they’re a few degrees cooler than the average high temperatures for the season, should help you cool off if you get too hot.

Stay just steps away from the beach at Le Blanc hotel in Cancun, Mexico

Stay just steps away from the beach at Le Blanc hotel in Cancun, Mexico taken by Drew

Wet season

The wet season in Cancun is much hotter than the dry season, primarily due to the increased humidity caused by intense rainfall. During this season, average temperatures range from lows of 27°C/81°F in May and October to highs of 28°C/82°F in June, July, August and September. August is the hottest month of the year, with average highs of 34°C/93°F in the middle of the day and average lows of 25°C/77°F after dark. Thanks to this 9°C/16°F difference in temperature, as soon as the sun sets, you should get some respite from the staggeringly high temperatures of the daytime.

As you’d expect from the wet season, Cancun experiences a vast amount of rainfall at this time of year. September is the wettest month, with 270mm/11” of rain falling over ten days, followed by August with 181mm/7” over six days and October with 177mm/7” over 11 days. When rain falls during the wet season, it’s most likely to be bursts of moderate rain and light rain which last for several hours. Thunderstorms are also likely to occur during this season, especially in September.

The wet season is the sunniest time of year for Cancun. May, July and August all see 11 hours of daily sunshine each, whilst June sees ten hours, September sees nine hours and October sees eight hours. June and September are the cloudiest months of the year (each has a median cloud coverage of 70%), but May, July and August have a relatively low median cloud coverage of 60%-63%.

Combine high temperatures and fairly high cloud coverage with intense humidity and you’re almost guaranteed to get a few hot and uncomfortable days if you visit Cancun during the wet season. At this time of year, relative humidity ranges between highs of 98% (very humid) and lows of 58% (mildly humid).

If the heat gets too much for you, a dip in the sea might help you cool off, although chances are it won’t do much. Although the average sea temperature for Cancun stays relatively constant throughout the year, it’s at its highest in the wet season, when it ranges between 28°C/82°F and 29°C/84°F.

Try your hand at water sports, such as jet skiing, during your holiday in Cancun, Mexico

Try your hand at water sports, such as jet skiing, during your holiday in Cancun, Mexico taken by Purolipan

Extreme weather

Although the coastal position of Cancun means it gets much more favourable temperatures than those found inland, there is one major disadvantage – its vulnerability to hurricanes. Hurricane season in the region is officially from June to October, although September and October are the most likely months for one to hit.

Since 1988, Cancun has been directly affected by three hurricanes. In 1988, Hurricane Gilbert was declared the second most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. It crossed over to Mexico from Cozumel and landed on the Yucatan Peninsula, ravaging the resort with waves of up to 7m/23ft washing away 60% of the city’s beaches.

On October 21st 2005, Hurricane Wilma landed on the Yucatan Peninsula as a category four hurricane, bringing with it strong winds of over 240km/h-150mph. The eye first passed over Cozumel, before making an official landing just outside Playa del Carmen in Quintana Roo around midnight on October 22nd. By this time, winds had decreased down to 230km/h-140mph. The eye of the storm was positioned over most of Cozumel for several hours, with blue skies and sunshine visible at times, before drifting northward, passing the centre just to the west of Cancun. Hurricane Wilma battered Cancun for nearly three days and caused damage of over $3 billion.

In 2007, Hurricane Dean was declared a category five hurricane when it landed in Majahual – 310km/190 miles south of Cancun. During this storm, fierce winds at the edge of the impact cone blew sand off 12.1km/7.5 miles of beaches in between Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc. Tourism operators were asked to stop all holidaymakers from travelling to the resort and instead send empty planes which could be used to evacuate the tourists already there.

Although devastating, your chances of being caught in a hurricane are quite low – on average Cancun receives a direct hit every 12 years, though it does get brushed by one once every 2.5 years. Last summer (2007) saw a near miss from hurricane Dean. Warnings and predictions are accurate and past experience has taught the region how to cope, with the introduction of emergency and evacuation procedures.

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