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Puerto Vallarta Climate Chart
Number of Rain
Puerto Vallarta Weather-Climate
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico enjoys over
280-310 days of sunshine yearly and basically has two seasons. From Nov
until May is the dry season, when rainfall is rare, the sky relatively
cloudless and the nights mild. The daytime temperature averages 78-85 degrees
Fahrenheit and can drop down to 55-60 °F at night during the "high
season" winter months. The temperate sub-tropical climate, rather comparable
to that in Hawaii, is one reason tourists in winter flock here from the
U.S. and Canada. As you can see from the temperature-precipitation chart
above, Puerto Vallarta weather from November/December through March/April
is near perfect; so you might say November to April is ideal for
tourism. Water temperatures year round are warm, ranging from 75 °F
in January-March, to highs of 84-86 °F in July through September. Go
here for current PV
temperature (marine forecasts - wind and wave conditions). Probably
best to bring long pants and a light sweater for the cooler winter evenings.
See what to wear below.
Puerto Vallarta - the monthly mean minimum and
maximum temperatures over the year, in Fahrenheit
The Puerto Vallarta rainy wet season
normally starts right on the money in early-June and increases in frequency
and duration until there are often daily downpours July through September,
usually with rainfall in the late afternoon or at night. The rains continue
into October, really tapering off around the middle of the month. It is
hot and muggy, and during this time of the year there's a 60% average chance
that precipitation will happen at some point during any given day.
The summer daytime temperature averages
88-93°F daily and 73-78°F or warmer at night. There is little
underground drainage, so some Vallarta streets become streams during the
tropical summer rains, which are quite intense at times. The electrical
thunderstorms lighting up Banderas Bay are one of the pleasures at this time of
year. Total rainfall in Puerto Vallarta amounts to a fairly substantial 45-60
inches a year
In spite of the rainy weather the
town is increasingly popular during the quieter summer months because of
cheaper airfares and the word is out about what a great gay-friendly
vacation destination the city has become. To check the current Puerto
Vallarta weather and forecast, click here for the Weather
Two of the better resources with charts and graphs on
average high/low temperatures, daily sunshine hours, sea temperature, average
rainfall and rain days, cloud cover, humidity and precipitation are here at
Spark, and also
at Holiday Weather. Water temps vary from a low of 75-76°F in Feb and Mar, to a high of approximately 86°F in August, and
those also vary quite a bit around the Bay
depending on which beach-area you visit.
In Puerto Vallarta, the wet summer season is rather hot,
severe and generally overcast, while the drier winter season is warm, somewhat
humid and mostly clear to partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the
temperatures typically vary from 62°F to 98°F, and is rarely below 56°F or above 93°F.
Pretty ideal, I would say.
I usually check this one for the
10 day extended
& conditions. Go here for some satellite images available at the
Channel (all of Mexico) and the Wunderground
- Global Infrared Satellite.
Travel tips: Clothing - What to
Wear: For the late autumn, winter, and early spring months (November
to April, the basic 'high season' of international tourism here): Bring
lighter clothing for the sunny warm days - most gay guys spend their holidays
at the Vallarta gay beach, on one of
the local cruises & tours, or out and around town shopping or sightseeing
- so shorts, bathing suits, speedos, tank tops and t-shirts are the norm.
During these months at night it's shorts or long pants, dress or casual
shirt and perhaps even a light sweater for the cooler nights.
who go out later to visit with friends, cruise, drink and dance will then wear
shorts or jeans and a light shirt; some dress quite lightly in shorts and
tank top for dancing at their favorite gay nightclub. For
the rainy season summer months and early autumn (May/June to October):
The weather is sunny, hot and humid during the days and still warm in the
evenings, so wear cool and casual light clothing at the beach and at night;
an umbrella from June through September is a good idea as there's rainfall
many evenings-nights. I'd also bring several pairs of shoes and sandals
for any time. And remember the 8-30+ SPF sunscreen year round is a good
and healthy idea.
Puerto Vallarta Hurricane Season:
Because of the topography of Banderas (Flags) Bay, which is shaped like a gigantic
horseshoe opening to the Pacific Ocean in the west, our area is generally rather
well protected from storms that pass up the coast during the hurricane season in
the late summer and early autumn, generally June to
late October each year. Tropical storms seem to either swing out into the
Pacific Ocean or continue on up towards Baja California and the Sea of Cortez.
Only once in the last 40-50 years or more did we suffer serious damages in
certain parts of town (where damages were estimated in the neighborhood of $100
million), when Hurricane
Kenna (see photos and further information), a Category Five storm passed by for a few hours on the
morning of October 25, 2002, and then made landfall some 100-120 miles to the
northwest roaring through the small village of San Blas, Nayarit where nearly
every building in town suffered some sort of damage. The arrival
of the Kenna so late in the year once again points out the variable
and often unpredictable nature of the weather in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
to vacation in Puerto Vallarta?
November through April has a pleasant
average ambient temperature; the water temperature is cool.
The rainy season is
considered mid-June to mid-October, but with global warming it is now more and
As seen in the chart at page top, Vallarta has its
dry period from November through May.
The hottest months are June, July and August (average daily
temp. around 27°C or 81°F, and the high at 91°F)
Ordinarily, the coolest months are January
(average temperature at 22°C or 72°F)
July and August are the wettest months,
with September a close third.
near clear skies over Puerto Vallarta,
Mexico in March; water activities scuba diving
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