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Puerto Vallarta
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Feels like: 33°C
Wind: 3km/h N
Humidity: 85%
Pressure: 1011.3mbar
UV index: 0
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Puerto Vallarta Weather Questions

Common questions about weather in Puerto Vallarta.

When is rainy season in Puerto Vallarta?

The summer months in Puerto Vallarta are considered the rainy season, also considered the low-season. The rainy season lasts from around mid-June until mid-October when the humidity is at its highest levels. The rainest month in Puerto Vallarta is typically the month of September.

When is hurricane season in Puerto Vallarta?

The hurricane season in Puerto Vallarta officially began on May 15 with the start of the eastern Pacific hurricane season, hurricane season officially ends on November 30 in Puerto Vallarta and the eastern Pacific. These dates indicate the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Pacific basin, however, hurricanes can form any time, although rare outside of the hurricane season.

Do hurricanes hit Puerto Vallarta?

The simple answer is yes. The more complicated answer is rarely. Puerto Vallarta only has a couple of ‘direct hits’ from hurricanes on record, however, Pacific hurricanes can greatly impact the weather in Puerto Vallarta. The Bay of Banderas divides the Puerto Vallarta coastline from the Pacific Ocean, so for Puerto Vallarta to be ‘hit’ directly with a hurricane would require many components coming together to drive a storm into the Bay, which just isn’t common. Hurricanes that might make landfall to the south of Puerto Vallarta could bring rains, but the mountains protect the area from much of the hurricane force. One should never forget that it does not take a ‘direct hit’ to cause damage, injury, or even death. All storms should be taken seriously and monitored. Destruction from hurricanes almost always extends well past the eye of any hurricane. Uncommon direct hits shouldn’t be an excuse not to be prepared.

What is the hottest month of the year in Puerto Vallarta?

June is considered the hottest month in Puerto Vallarta with an average temperature of 81°F (27°C). However, the temperature in Puerto Vallarta changes very little throughout the year, the humidity in the summer months is what makes the temperatures ‘feel’ hotter than other months of the year, although the lows at night can be cooler in the winters.

Weather Overview in Puerto Vallarta

Typical weather norms in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta weather has a tropical climate with both extreme wet seasons and dry seasons. Year-round highs in the mid-80’s are for certain, thanks to the proximity to the equator.

The points:

  • The weather in Puerto Vallarta is often compared to Hawaii, which sits on the same latitude as Puerto Vallarta.
  • The difference in the heat between the summer and winter months is less temperature and more humidity.
  • During the autumn, winter, and even spring months, Puerto Vallarta enjoys low humidity and very little rain.
  • The summer months, around July – September, the humidity is higher and rains are frequent. The more humidity in the atmosphere the hotter the air feels to the skin, so with very little temperature change year-round in Puerto Vallarta, the summer months can ‘feel’ much hotter.

Puerto Vallarta sees very few extreme storms, hurricanes, or other weather patterns because of its location on the Bay of Banderas and Sierra Mountains protecting the area. It’s not uncommon for hurricanes to pass Puerto Vallarta offshore, just enough to bring some heavy rains, but landfall of hurricanes in the area are virtually nonexistent (but always possible).

Pacific Hurricanes typically form on the southern coast of Oaxaca and travel west into the Pacific, in the later months of hurricane season, they tend to track more north along the coastline and into Baja California. For this reason, September and October are the months where tropical storms and hurricanes are more likely to impact the Puerto Vallarta weather.

The dry season in Puerto Vallarta typically runs between November and May, with the rainy season running June to October.

Rainfall increases very dramatically in June and peaks from July through September with 70% of days recording rainfall during that time period. From November to May, Puerto Vallarta records one day of rain per month, if we are lucky.

Puerto Vallarta Weather is better than other beach resorts in Mexico. During the winter months, it rains less frequently and maintains lower temperatures and humidity. For many it is the best time, because it is not very hot and it does not rain like it often does in places like Cancun and Veracruz.

Weather fronts are constant on the Gulf of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, affecting beach destinations in those regions, including those of the Mexican Caribbean. Cold fronts generate “nortes,” strong winds blowing along the Mexican coast of the Gulf of Mexico during the winter.

In Puerto Vallarta, and generally a large part of the Mexican Pacific coast, the Sierra Madre Occidental and the Pacific Ocean function as shields, preventing the cold from reaching our destination, just as they prevent hurricanes and strong storms in the summer.

The maximum temperature in the winter is around 30 degrees centigrade, or 85 Fahrenheit,  and the minimum in 19C, or 65F with clear skies, rains during the winter months are rare.

The surface sea temperature in the region is 26C/78F, excellent for water activities, while in some coastal areas of the Mexican Gulf and Mexican Caribbean the waters are much colder, even in the southern part of the Peninsula of Baja California (Los Cabos and La Paz) water temperatures drop to 22C in the sea and 16C degrees in the air.

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