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Mexico has a very variable climate because of its variable geography and topography. From hot dry deserts to tropical rain forest to mountains with snow year around including glaciers, the diversity of climate makes it impossible to generalize accurately.

Mexico is subject to tropical storms and hurricanes impacting the Caribbean, Gulf and Pacific coasts during the usual season, typically June through October and possibly early November. If planning a beach destination during this time of year, prices can be significantly lower, but there’s a risk of storm, particularly later in the season.

Mexico’s rainy season “officially” begins 15 May (día de San Isidro, labradór) and continues through October. In much of Mexico there are variations, but the usual rainy season manifests itself with clear days, clouds gathering in the afternoon and rain beginning late afternoon continuing into night. Occasional periods of prolonged rains can and do occur, particularly if there’s a tropical storm on the affecting coast. In areas of the mid-Gulf area, drizzle can occur for days (called chipichipi by the local people, pronounced. “cheepeecheepee”).

Mid-December through February is high (and dry) season in the coastal areas, and this is when prices and deman are higher, though the week leading up to Easter (semana santa) and the holiday many take between Christmas and New Year’s Day are the highest demand, highest price and most crowded periods in holiday destinations in Mexico.

Heat begins building in March and in some central areas the hottest month is May, with rains tempering the summer in the central and highland areas. Hottest months in the north are much as in the USA, peaking in July and August. On the Caribbean and Gulf coasts, heat and humidity can get high.

Link to index of Climate Charts for Mexico

Link to Mexico pages of World Climate Guide - Climates to Travel

Link to Wikipedia page on Mexico climate

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Mexuco’s climate variation as depicted on a Köppen chart. Detailed descriptions here, c/o Britannica.
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Tuesday, 23 October 2018: The BBC map shows category three of (of five) Pacific Hurricane Willa bearing in on what appears to the the section of Coast between Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco and San Blás, Nayarit. Torrential rains and flooding are expected as well as winds to 205km/h - 125mph.

In fact, Willa made landfall as a Category 3 storm, near Isla del Bosque and Escuinapa, Sinaloa. according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Estimated winds speeds were recorded at 120 mph with a wind gust of 95 mph reported. The storm had prompted more than 4,000 evacuations in coastal towns.

Mazatlán is pretty much battened down, as it’s only 60 miles / 96 km north of Escuinapa.

Hurricane-force winds extended 35 miles from the storm's center, and tropical storm-force winds were up to 115 miles out. Forecasters said Willa could bring 6 to 12 inches of rain, with up to 18 inches in some areas.

“Willa is expected to produce storm total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with local amounts to 18 inches, across portions of western Jalisco, western Nayarit, southern Sinaloa, and far southern Durango in Mexico,” the NHC said, adding that landslides and flash flooding are likely.
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