Puerto Vallarta Travel Weather




What's the Weather Like When Traveling to Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta is located on the west central coast of Mexico by the Bay of Banderas north of Cabo Corrientes. It is generally flat with the highest elevation at about 25 feet. The population has doubled since 1990 and now is over 250,000. It is a popular tourist destination for its marina, whale watching, golf and very pleasant climate during the winter.

It has a tropical wet / dry climate, otherwise known as a savannah climate. This type of climate is warm with noted wet and dry periods during the year. Hurricanes are a rarity with the last major one in October 2002 when hurricane Kenna made landfall just to the north of Puerto Vallarta. Most tropical storms and hurricanes move to the west of of the area bringing only fringe effects.

Puerto Vallarta Rainfall
Puerto Vallarta has a five month intense wet season. Most of the year is dry with many months not receiving any or very little rainfall. The wet season begins in June and continues through mid October. During the months of July, August, and September, twelve to fourteen inches of rainfall may occur each month. The rain is the result of thundershowers building over the Mexican mountains, many times during the evening or overnight. Occasionally, a tropical storm or hurricane may be close enough to the coast to bring rain also.
Puerto Vallarta Temperatures
Puerto Vallarta has mild to warm temperatures much of the year with its tropical climate. Average highs during the summer and first half of autumn top out in the low 90's. The lows drop to the low to mid 70's. The winter has comfortable conditions with highs in the low 80's each day on average. The overnight lows typically are in the low 60's.

Puerto Vallarta Travel Weather Summary
Puerto Vallarta has a dry climate seven months of the year. Winter is especially pleasant. Vacationers wanting to minimize their chances of seeing rain should travel outside of the five month wet season which starts in June and continues through mid October. Although hurricanes are rare, travelers are advised to stay updated with latest tropical weather information if traveling during the eastern Pacific hurricane season.

Sunrise / Sunset Times (All times are for the first day of each month)

Puerto Vallarta
Month
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sunrise 7:37 7:36 7:20 6:53 7:30 7:19 7:29 7:35 7:44 7:52 7:03 7:20
Sunset 6:32 6:52 7:05 7:15 8:25 8:38 8:45 8:38 8:16 7:48 6:25 6:19

Puerto Vallarta travel weather quick summary
  • Puerto Vallarta travel weather - hottest months: June - November
  • Puerto Vallarta travel weather - coolest months: January - March
  • Puerto Vallarta travel weather - wettest months: July, August, September
  • Puerto Vallarta travel weather - driest months: February, March, April, May

Puerto Vallarta
Month
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average High 84 84 85 86 89 91 93 93 93 93 90 85
Record High 95 95 97 97 110 113 113 102 100 102 99 97
Average Low 63 62 64 65 70 74 75 75 75 73 69 66
Average Low 52 51 50 51 54 64 68 68 66 65 50 50
Days of Rain 2 1 1 0 1 12 17 17 17 6 1 2
Average Rainfall 0.98" 0.26" 0.23" 0.29" 0.42" 8.25" 14.27" 12.41" 14.17" 4.71" 0.51" 0.76"

Climatology courtesy of the Mexico National Weather Service. Back to the Mexico Travel Articles page.

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