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Wednesday 2 December
05:08 GMT | 00:08 EST

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2 Dec
UK Time: 04:36 GMT
Local Time: 23:36 EST
24°C (75°F)
2mph (3kmh)
  • Sunrise 07:07
  • Sunset 18:04
  • Moonrise 23:43
  • Moonset 11:54
Temp feels like: 24°C (75°F)
Length of Day: 10h 52m
Humidity: 94%
Dew Point: 22°C (72°F)
Pressure: 29.95" (1014 hpa)
Visiblity: 7 miles (11 km)
Average for December 24°C (75°F)
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Latest Riviera Maya Holiday Reviews

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    We went in October - the . last week of the month and it was suppose to be the rainy season. It rained for about an hou...

    Andrea Jennings on 3rd June 2013
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    Mark Smith on 21st May 2013
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    Anonymous on 30th April 2013
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    It is a little cooler in January, but the weather is quite stable and you can make plans to do some touring without too ...

    Bart Fraser on 28th March 2013
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    The weather in Riveria Maya was great, it was a little humid but you hardly noticed it with the ocean breezes blowing do...

    Anonymous on 18th December 2012
  • My holiday in Riviera Maya

    The weather was really hot. Considering it was rainy season, we were very lucky as we only had one thunderstorm in the ...

    Anonymous on 8th August 2012

Historic Temperatures for 2nd 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 10°C (50°F) (2011)

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.

Relax at the private beach at El Dorado Seaside Suites in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

Relax at the private beach at El Dorado Seaside Suites in the Riviera Maya, Mexico taken by Gary

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 27°C-28°C, the sea is always warm enough for swimming in, regardless of the season.

Whilst Riviera Maya is a great time 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.

Enjoy a round of golf during your holiday in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Enjoy a round of golf during your holiday in Riviera Maya, Mexico taken by dMap Travel Guide

Dry season

Between December and April, average temperatures are much more pleasant compared to the wet season, ranging between 23°C at their coolest in January and February and 26°C at their highest in April. 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 31°C and 28°C, whilst the average lows after dark range between 21°C and 24°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.

These pleasantly warm temperatures combined with low rainfall and low humidity, make this season the best time 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.

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 soon as soon as they begin and the sun shines almost immediately afterward. One of the positive points about these intermittent showers is that they help clear the air and reduce the temperature for the evening.

The dry season sees the smallest number of sunshine hours of the year. March and April are the sunniest months with nine daily hours of sunshine each, whilst January is the least sunny with seven daily hours of sunshine. When you compare these months to August, the sunniest month of the year with ten hours of sunshine hours each day, there really isn’t that much of a difference at all between the sunniest and the least sunny months. So don’t let these numbers put you off booking your holiday to the Riviera Maya.

One thing that stays almost constant throughout the year in the Riviera Maya is the sea water temperature. During the dry season, the average sea water temperature ranges between 26°C at its coolest in February and March and 27°C at its warmest in December, January and April.

See tropical fish whilst Scuba Diving in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

See tropical fish whilst Scuba Diving in the Riviera Maya, Mexico taken by dMap Travel Guide

The wet season

By comparison, the wet season in the Riviera Maya is slightly hotter, with average temperatures ranging between lows of 25°C in November and highs of 28°C consistently between June and September. Just like in the dry season, the difference between the daytime and night time temperatures in the Riviera Maya in the wet season is fairly minimal, which can sometimes make the heat feel never-ending. The average highs during the daytime hardly vary at all, ranging between 33°C and 31°C, whilst average lows after dark follow the same pattern, ranging just 1°C between 26°C and 27°C.

It’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach the 40s during a heatwave in the wet season. But thankfully, the cool breeze which blows in off the sea helps the weather feel a bit cooler – something resorts inland don’t benefit from.

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 a 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 hurricane season and fortunately, most don’t develop into hurricanes. But even when they do, direct hurricane hits are very rare and only occur once every ten or 12 years, on average. Regardless, Riviera Maya can also 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. But 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.

Rain is plentiful throughout the wet season. 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, whilst October is the least sunny month, with just seven daily hours of sunshine. The wet season also sees the highest average sea temperature, ranging between 29°C between August and October and 28°C between May and July.

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