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Sunday 4 December
18:21 GMT | 13:21 EST
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Last updated:

4 Dec
UK Time: 17:45 GMT
Local Time: 12:45 EST
25°C (77°F)
2mph (4kmh)
  • Sunrise 18:00
  • Sunset 18:00
  • Moonrise 18:00
  • Moonset 18:00
Temp feels like: 25°C (77°F)
Humidity: 100%
Dew Point: N/A
Pressure: 29.95" (1014 hpa)
Average for December 24°C (75°F)
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Latest Riviera Maya Holiday Reviews

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Historic Temperatures for 4th December in Riviera Maya

Average High 28°C (82°F)
Record High 32°C (90°F) (2004)
Average Low 19°C (66°F)
Record Low 11°C (52°F) (2008)

Weather Overview for Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya is a popular tourist resort which lies within the district of Quintana Roo on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Beginning with Puerto Morelos in the north and ending with Tulum in the south, the Riviera Maya is most famous for its picture-perfect white sandy beaches and year-round idyllic weather – but these aren’t the only reasons people visit the resort. Many ancient Mayan ruins – such as Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum – are also located within this region and, along with the excellent snorkelling and scuba diving in the Red Sea, attract millions of visitors each year.

Riviera Maya enjoys a warm tropical climate all-year-round with two distinct seasons – the dry season (December to April) and the wet season (May to November). The average temperature for the year as a whole is 26°C, with around 1,100mm of precipitation falling each year. Due to its geographical location along the Atlantic hurricane belt, Riviera Maya is at risk of being hit by hurricanes between June and October, when humidity is extremely high – between 76% and 81%. With an annual average sea temperature of 26°C-29°C, the sea is always warm enough for swimming in, regardless of the season.

Whilst Riviera Maya is a great place to visit any time of year, the months between December and April (the dry season) are the most popular, and therefore expensive, times to visit. July and September are the wettest and quietest months, making them the best time to go if you want to bag a cheap holiday. In the wet season, you’ll still get plenty of sunshine (anywhere between ten and seven hours each day) and the resorts won’t be as crowded as they are during the peak season.

Spring (Mar-Apr)

Spring sees the dry season drawing towards its close. March and April see a mere 30mm and 31mm of rain falling. This comes over three days in March, and only two in April. When it comes this rain is short lived and the sky is left open again for plentiful sunshine, so Riviera Maya basks in an average of nine hours of sunshine each day. Average temperatures are steadily on the rise, from 25°C in March to 26°C in April.

These pleasantly warm temperatures combined with low rainfall and low humidity, make spring and winter the best times to visit Riviera Maya in terms of weather. Unfortunately, because it’s such a popular time to visit, resorts can be extremely crowded and prices for both flights and accommodation can be expensive.

Summer (May-Sep)

May ushers in the start of the wet season, meaning rain is plentiful throughout the summer and autumn. September and July are the wettest months which can see 247mm of rainfall over seven days and 192mm of rainfall over four days, respectively. These rains shouldn’t necessarily put you off travelling, as they often occur in short but heavy tropical downpours, leaving plenty of sunny weather in between. It should be noted that the east coast of Mexico receives much less rain during the wet season than other locations on the west coast such as Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta.

Despite the wet weather, this season sees the highest number of sunshine hours of the year. May, July and August are the sunniest months, with ten daily hours of sunshine each. The wet season also sees the highest average sea temperature, reaching 29°C in August and September, with the other months not far behind at 28°C.

Autumn (Oct-Nov)

The wet season begins to draw to a close during autumn with rainfall levels dropping from 182mm in October to 91mm in November. This reduction in rainfall doesn’t herald a rise in sunshine though as October experiences an average of seven hours a day, meaning it is in joint place with January in having the least sunshine of any month, but still a healthy amount! Temperatures are on the fall as we approach winter, dropping from 27°C in October to 25°C in November, meaning a much more comfortable climate is on its way.

Winter (Dec-Feb)

Between December and February average temperatures are much more pleasant compared to the wet season, ranging from 24°C in December to 23°C in January and February, the coolest of the year. The difference between the daytime and night time temperatures is fairly minimal, providing travellers with limited respite from the Caribbean heat. The average highs during the daytime in this season vary between 28°C and 29°C, whilst the average lows after dark range between 21°C and 22°C. The reason the dry season is so much cooler than the wet season is that the northeast trade winds are strongest at this time of year, blowing cooling breezes along the coast which help keep the temperature down.

As you’d expect for the dry season, the Riviera Maya experiences very little rainfall at this time of year. The wettest month in the dry season is January, when an average of 49mm of rain falls over the course of five wet days, followed by December which sees 36mm of precipitation falling over five wet days. The driest month of the dry season is February when a mere 13mm of rain falls over the course of three wet days.

When rainfall does occur, it’s generally in the form of heavy showers which begin between 4pm and 5pm and last for a few hours. Although rainfall in the Riviera Maya can come on quickly and strongly, showers usually end just as suddenly as they begin and the sun shines almost immediately afterwards. One of the positive points about these intermittent showers is that they help clear the air and reduce the temperature for the evening.

January is one of the least sunny months with seven daily hours of sunshine, but when you compare this to August, the sunniest month of the year with ten hours of sunshine each day there really isn’t that much difference. So don’t let these numbers put you off booking your holiday to the Riviera Maya.

Weather Hazards

There is one big disadvantage of Riviera Maya’s coastal location – the threat of hurricanes. The region was ravaged by Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 which was category five (the maximum) when it hit land. The storm battered the Riviera Maya for nearly three days with winds of up to 130mph, causing widespread damage.

Hurricane season is officially from June to October, although the end of the season sees the highest chance of hurricane activity. Tropical storms are frequent during this time and, fortunately, most do not develop into hurricanes. However, even when they do, direct hits to the mainland are very rare and only occur once every ten or twelve years, on average.

Nevertheless, Riviera Maya can sometimes be troubled by hurricanes which pass offshore. Strong winds and heavy rains are a common occurrence in the wet season, normally causing only short-lived disturbances. If a hurricane is active nearby conditions worsen and can be dangerous, so be sure to check the weather forecast before you book a last-minute holiday to the Riviera Maya in the wet season.

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