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Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico [Month by Month Guide]


Planning to visit Merida, Mexico?

Smart choice — though I’m biased, as I live in Merida! That aside, you’re probably about the best time to visit Merida Mexico, so you get the best weather. You’re in the right place to find out with this month by month guide to the weather and temperatures in Merida.

As Merida is located in the Yucatan Peninsula, this article actually covers what you can expect from weather in Yucatan, Mexico as well. In general, this part of the world has a tropical climate, so you can expect cooler, sunny days in the winter months, and hot, humid, rainy summers.

If you’re wondering, What’s the best time to visit Merida? For the hands-down best Merida Mexico weather — you’ll want to visit in the cooler months, from November to March. Now, if you’re visiting during any other month, you can still have an amazing trip.

The key to visiting during the Merida slow season, from April to October, is to be prepared. By the end of this article, you’re going to know everything you need to about the weather in Merida, Mexico. Ready to get to it? Let’s start with the annual Merida temperature forecast.

What’s the best time to visit Merida Mexico?

For the best weather, you’ll want to visit Merida in December to March. The one exception I’d say is if you’re planning to attend the Hanal Pixan festival (AKA Mayan Day of the Dead) in late-October to early-November. It will still be a bit hot, but the festival is worth it.

What’s the worst time to visit Merida Mexico?

As someone who’s lived in Merida since 2019, I always tell people to avoid the months of May to September entirely! May is known as the most humid and hottest month in Merida — and even locals dread it. 🦟 Besides the weather, the mosquitoes are also bad during this time.

Merida Yucatan Weather Forecast

As you can see below in the weather chart, Merida is HOT, and yes, it’s not uncommon for 100°F temperatures during the summer. Also keep in mind that there’s humidity, so it can even feel 5-10°F hotter than the number says 🥵

Regardless of when you visit, you need to stay hydrated in Merida’s heat.

You’ll want to pack a reusable water bottle, like the Water-To-Go Bottle. This eco-friendly bottle also filters your drinking water, to lessen your chances of getting sick while traveling to Merida! 💸 Get 15% OFF with code SOLO15 at checkout!

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Merida weather also gives you a good idea of Yucatan Mexico weather, which is helpful if you’re also visiting Cancun, Tulum, Playa del Carmen and more.
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Merida Wet Season & Merida Dry Season

The Merida rainy season is from about May to October, and the dry season in Merida runs from about November to April. As with all weather, Merida weather is no different — it can rain at any time and it can be sunny during the rainy season — so don’t let the projections deter you.

The good news about the Merida rainy season is storms tend to pass quickly. It does typically rain everyday during summer in the afternoon for about 1-2 hours, so you just have to carry a reliable travel umbrella, ☔️ like this one, for the afternoons if you’re going to be outdoors.

Atlantic Hurricane Season

The final thing to keep in mind is Hurricane Season, which runs June 1 to November 30. Located in the Yucatan, with the Gulf of Mexico to the north and Caribbean Sea to the east, Merida is susceptible to intense thunderstorms, tropical storms, and even hurricanes.

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Merida in January— Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

  • Average Temperatures: 80°F Day | 70°F Night
  • Rainy Season: No

January is a great time for a Merida trip, especially if you’re planning for a lot of time outdoors. It is one of the cooler months of the year, and if you’re visiting some Merida beaches, or Mayan Ruins near Merida, you should have nothing but cool, sunny days.

While there are many great things to do in Merida itself, January is a great month for all the amazing Merida day trips. The easiest way to visit all the amazing places in the Yucatan is if you get a Merida rental car from the airport when you arrive in the city. 

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Merida in February — Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

  • Average Temperatures: 80°F Day | 70°F Night
  • Rainy Season: No

For me personally, February is the best month for weather Merida Mexico has. Well, it’s not just the weather, as Merida weather in winter is just pretty great in general, but February is the first nice month of the year when the tourism crowds start to die down.

If you’re visiting all the big tourism sites in Yucatan, like Chichen Itza on a Merida day trip, you should have perfect weather and smaller crowds in February. After January, hotel prices drop a bit also, so you can splurge on a gorgeous Merida hotel like the Hotel Hacienda Merida VIP.

Hotel Hacienda Merida VIP is one of the best boutique hotels in Merida. (Photo: Expedia)
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Merida in March — Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

  • Average Temperatures: 85°F Day | 75°F Night
  • Rainy Season: No

March feels like the last month with “perfect” weather in Merida. By the end of the month, the humidity will start to return a bit and so will the warmer temperatures, though March is still a great month to visit — but the earlier in the month, the better.

Even if you’re planning to visit in late-March, you can cool off at the Merida beaches, with options located 30-90 from the city. There are also many amazing Merida cenotes, which are swimmable sinkholes with cool, freshwater.

Cenote Ik Kil is just one of the most beautiful cenotes near Merida, Mexico.
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Merida in April— Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

  • Average Temperatures: 90°F Day | 75°F Night
  • Rainy Season: No

April can be hit or miss in terms of Merida and Yucatan Peninsula weather predictions, as it can still be quite nice or it can be starting to feel hot and humid. As you’ll see in the next section, May is the hottest month in Merida, and April can sometimes be the warm up to that.

April in Merida may be warming up, but it’s usually still not rainy yet. This means it’s the perfect time to explore all the amazing outdoor activities and great day trips, like a Merida to Campeche day trip or weekend trip to Campeche City, a historic UNESCO World Heritage Site just two hours away.

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Merida in May — Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

  • Average Temperatures: 100°F Day | 80°F Night
  • Rainy Season: Maybe

While a guaranteed prediction about the weather forecast for Merida Mexico is impossible, there’s one certainty: May is the hottest month in Merida. Quite frankly, even locals dread May, and often avoid being outside in the afternoons unless it’s to swim in the Merida cenotes.

For this time of year, consider paying a little extra for a Merida Airbnb/VRBO or a Merida hotel that has a pool. It is really nice to have a pool for the extremely hot afternoons in Merida, or to take a dip in at night after a long day of walking and sightseeing.

Even for people used to warmer climates in the U.S., Mexico is closer to the Equator so it’s still hotter. Make sure to stay hydrated with your Water-To-Go Bottle, pack light-colored breathable clothes, a sun hat, eco-friendly sunscreen, and even a misting fan.

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Merida in June— Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

  • Average Temperatures: 97°F Day | 77°F Night
  • Rainy Season: Yes

As you just learned, May is Merida’s hottest month; though June isn’t much different. As far as weather, Yucatan Peninsula summers are pretty rough in general. As everywhere has those few “bad” months, summers in Merida are hot, humid and buggy (so don’t forget your bug spray!)

What separates Merida from places like Tulum or Cancun is that Merida is about 30 miles from the nearest beach, Puerto Progreso, so you won’t get a sea breeze. If you want to do what the locals do, just plan any indoor activities for the afternoons to avoid the hottest part of the day.

June is also the beginning of the Hurricane Season, which runs June 1-November 30. While Merida very rarely gets a direct hit (the last one was Wilma in 2005), it does get tropical storms, severe thunderstorms and heavy rains — so keep your travel umbrella on you at all times!

The Progreso Malecon, or beachfront walkway, in Puerto Progreso — the closest Merida beach. (Photo: Thomas Andersen via Flickr)
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Merida in July — Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

  • Average Temperatures: 95°F Day | 75°F Night
  • Rainy Season: Yes

July is another hot and humid month in terms of weather. Merida, Yucatan really won’t start to see cooler temperatures until late-October, but again, you can be strategic with your visit to maximize comfort.

As mentioned, Merida rentals with a pool — like these Merida VRBO options and these Merida hotels — are worth paying a little extra for. Dress in loose-fitting, light-colored, comfy clothes (that don’t show sweat!), wear a sun hat, and stay hydrated with your Water-To-Go Bottle.

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Merida in August— Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

  • Average Temperatures: 93°F Day | 73°F Night
  • Rainy Season: Yes

If you’re following month by month, you might be wondering, Is the Merida Yucatan Mexico weather ever nice?! Yes, it is… but not during the summers. You know how every place on Earth has those few “bad” months? Well summers in Yucatan are quite frankly, rough.

Unfortunately, August is still one of the hotter and more humid months in terms of weather for Merida, Mexico. Remember, you can always do as the locals do, and plan all your indoor activities, like visiting these Merida museums, for the afternoons to avoid the midday sun.

The Merida Mayan World Museum houses the largest collection of Mayan artifacts in Merida. (Photo: Howard Francisco Dratch via Flickr)
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Merida in September— Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

  • Average Temperatures: 93°F Day | 73°F Night
  • Rainy Season: Yes

While the temperatures have started to cool down, September is still not out of the rainy season yet. As mentioned, it will often only rain for about an hour in the afternoons, so carry your travel umbrella at all times, just in case you get caught in the rain.

Remember the tips from the previous months, like planning your indoor activities for the afternoons when it tends to rain, and you should be fine. If you want to have a Merida beach day, just head to the beaches near Merida early in the day to get the most sun possible.

The great thing about September in Merida is the temperatures have begun to cool down, but it’s not yet high season, so hotel prices are still on the low side. With only four rooms available, September is a great time to book one best Merida hotels — Rosas & Xocolate.

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Merida in October— Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

  • Average Temperatures: 90°F Day | 70°F Night
  • Rainy Season: Maybe

Finally, some good news for the Merida Mx weather forecast! Merida will start to cool off in October; especially late-October. This is a fun time to visit, as it coincides with Hanal Pixan (pronounced ha-nawl pick-shawn), the Mayan Day of the Dead celebration. 

If you want to attend Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead in Merida, book a place early — like one of these Merida Airbnbs or best Merida hotels. The celebrations take place from Oct. 31-Nov. 2, with the main event being the Paseo de las Animas (Parade of Skulls, see below ⤵) on Nov. 2 at night.

Even if you aren’t coming for Hanal Pixan in Merida, October is a great month to visit! By now, we’re entering the dry season, and the temperatures, humidity and mosquitoes have let up. It’s also right before the high season in Merida starts, so you may find great hotel deals.

Merida in November— Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

  • Average Temperatures: 85°F Day | 70°F Night
  • Rainy Season: No

The weather in Merida Yucatan really starts getting great in November. Though it’s still technically Atlantic Hurricane Season until Nov. 30, there’s rarely heavy rains in November. In fact, it’s usually pretty sunny and pleasant; though rain is possible.

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Merida in December— Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

  • Average Temperatures: 77°F Day | 70°F Night
  • Rainy Season: No

December is generally considered the coolest month for weather in Merida Yucatan Mexico. It’s also the busiest month for tourism, but given how hot Merida summer is, the crowds are an OK trade off for cooler temperatures on the Merida weather forecast.

With the city decorated in festive holiday lights, December is a pretty time in Merida.

Noche Blanca, the Merida White Night festival, takes place on the weekends in mid-December. During the festival, Centro Historico (Historic Downtown) turns into a giant street party with live music, posadas, culture and dance performances, shopping, street food vendors and more.

The San Ildefonso Cathedral, or Merida Cathedral, located in Plaza Grande (Main Plaza) in Downtown Merida, Mexico.

Final Thoughts: Best Time to Visit Merida Mexico

As someone who’s been living in Merida since 2019, I know first-hand the weather can be less-than-ideal at times. However, that is the case with every place on Earth — as each city, stare, country and region has ideal times to visit.

For visiting Merida Mexico, the ideal time to visit is from November to March, when the temperatures are cooler and the humidity’s at bay. Located in the tropics, Merida’s on the warmer side all year which makes its tepid winters ideal for escaping the cold weather in the U.S.

Merida Travel Planning Guide

🚑 Should I buy Mexico travel insurance? 100% YES! — With basic coverage averaging just $5-10USD per day, enjoy peace of mind with a plan from World Nomads, the biggest name in travel insurance. (Read more)

💧Can you drink the water in Merida? No — You’ll want to buy a Water-To-Go Bottle, which filters your drinking water so you don’t get sick from drinking water in Mexico, and helps keep you hydrated while traveling Mexico. (Read more)

🚙💨 Is it safe to rent a car in Merida? Yes — Renting a car in Mexico is one of the best ways to see the country! I always rent with Discover Cars, which checks both international companies and local Mexican companies, so you get the best rates. (Read more)

📲 Will my phone work in Merida? Maybe — It depends on your company, so check with your provider. If you don’t have free Mexico service, buy a Telcel SIM Card. As Mexico’s largest carrier, Telcel has the best coverage of any Mexico SIM Cards. (Read more)

🏩 What’s the best way to book my Merida accommodation? For Mexico hotels and hostels, Booking is the best site. If you’re considering a Mexico Airbnb, don’t forget to also check VRBO, which is often cheaper than Airbnb! (Read more)

✈️ What’s the best site to buy Mexico flights? For finding cheap Mexico flights, I recommend Skyscanner.

🎫 Do I need a visa for Mexico? Likely Not — U.S., Canadian and most European Passport holders don’t need a visa for Mexico; but check here to see if you do need a Mexico travel visa. The majority of travelers will receive a 180-Day FMM Tourist Visa upon arrival.

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