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Friday 2 December
22:12 GMT | 17:12 EST
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2 Dec
UK Time: 22:03 GMT
Local Time: 17:03 EST
28°C (82°F)
2mph (4kmh)
  • Sunrise 18:00
  • Sunset 18:00
  • Moonrise 18:00
  • Moonset 18:00
Temp feels like: 28°C (82°F)
Humidity: 70%
Dew Point: N/A
Pressure: 29.95" (1014 hpa)
Average for December 24°C (75°F)
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Historic Temperatures for 2nd December in Cancun

Average High 28°C (82°F)
Record High 31°C (88°F) (2004)
Average Low 19°C (66°F)
Record Low 13°C (55°F) (2008)

Weather Overview for Cancun

Cancun is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Mexico, attracting huge numbers of tourists from Europe and the USA 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 23°C (73°F) in the middle of winter and 28°C (82°F) in the middle of summer, rarely dropping below 21°C (70°F) 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 1,227mm of rainfall that Cancun gets each year, around 984mm 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.

Spring

Spring is mid-way through the dry season in Cancun. Temperatures rise up to average highs of 32°C (90°F) in April, falling to 23°C (73°F) at night. The difference between the daytime and night time temperatures is fairly large and only increases as the months develop.

Sunshine hours begin to increase in spring with March and April receiving ten daily hours apiece, so when precipitation does occur 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. April is the driest month of the season, with just 27mm of rain falling over three days.

The average sea temperature for Cancun stays fairly constant all-year-round, although it’s at its coolest during the dry season. The sea is coolest in February and March when it’s just 26°C (79°F), still warm enough to take a dip.

Summer

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 27°C (81°F) in May up to of 28°C (82°F) in JuneJulyAugust 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, after 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 of rain falling over ten days, followed by August with 181mm over six 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 summer wet season is the sunniest time of year for Cancun. May, July and August all see eleven hours of daily sunshine each, whilst June sees ten hours and September sees nine 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 between July and October, when it sits at 29°C (84°F).

Autumn

Autumn is a very transitional time as the wet season experienced during summer gives way to the dry season seen by the rest of the year. Still forming part of the wet season, October sees 177mm of precipitation, which falls over 11 days. This rainfall doesn’t immediately stop as the dry season starts, but you can see a definite decrease in the rainfall as November sees 104mm of rain falling over the course of eight wet days, making it easily the wettest month of the dry season.

Strangely enough, during the dry season Cancun sees the fewest sunshine hours of the year. October and November have just eight daily hours, a figure that continues well into December and January.

Sea temperatures begin to drop as the dry season begins, slipping to 28°C (82°F) in November (its warmest month in the dry season). Still warm enough for you to enjoy a swim whilst on holiday and, since the temperature is a few degrees cooler than the average high temperatures for the season, should help you cool off if you get too hot.

Winter

Winter temperatures range from average lows of 21°C (70°F) in December, January and February (the coldest months of the year) up to average highs of 28°C (82°F) for the first two months and 29°C (84°F) in February.

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. These cooler period can be a welcome relief to the blistering heat seen in Cancun during the summer, and the sea is still nicely warm for swimming at 26°C (79°F) - 27°C (81°F).

Weather Hazards

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. 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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