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Puerto Vallarta Weather

Puerto Vallarta sits on the Costa Dorada of Mexico, at the mid-point of Banderas Bay, where the Pacific Ocean washes the border between Jalisco and Nayarit.

What is the weather like in Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Start Oct - Mid-Oct| Nov | Dec ?

Located on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands (20ºN), the city's weather and climate are often compared to Hawaii's (City information). Puerto Vallarta (like Nuevo Vallarta) is surrounded by jungle, and receives considerable rain during the summer months.

Weather today:

Forecast for the following days

Generalities

  • Tropical wet and dry (Köppen Climate classification)
  • Rainy season: June to September, most rain in September. It rains intermittently during the day, around an hour in total, at most.
  • December, Jan. and Feb. (high season) are hot and sunny.
  • Spring and Autumn offer moderate temperatures.
  • Average High is 85ºF (29.4ºC) and low at 69ºF (20.5ºC).
  • Hurricanes seldom strike Puerto Vallarta, last significant events were Kenna (2002) and Lily (1971).

Vallarta WebcamUse our live Webcam to see what the weather is like right NOW.

Large webcam view here

While rain can spoil a day at the beach, tropical storms can be quite beautiful and amazing, when rain seems to march across the hills and lightning illuminates the humid sky while the thick clouds advance inland from the Bay.

Average temperatures in Puerto Vallarta
  High Low    
  ºC ºF ºC ºF Humidity Expected days w. rain
January 27 81 17 63 77% 2
February 27 81 17 63 76% 1
March 27 81 17 63 76% 0
April 28 82 18 64 77% 0
May 29 84 21 70 77% 1
June 31 88 24 75 79% 10
July 32 90 24 75 80% 15
August 32 90 24 75 81% 15
September 32 90 24 75 81% 14
October 32 90 23 73 80% 5
November 29 84 20 68 78% 1
December 27 81 18 64 79% 2
Yearly av. 29.4 85 20.5 69 78% 66

Jungles around Vallarta

Runoff from the rains in the jungle and hills can turn the seawater brown in some areas, mainly around rivers and streams, detracting somewhat from the beauty of the beaches and the bay. Temperatures reach 90ºF (32ºC) during the summer, and the humidity can add to the perception of heat.

During the winter, the local weather changes significantly and temperatures are in the low to mid 80's ºF (28 - 30ºC), quite comfortable for a stroll on the beach and around town. Nighttime temperatures in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta range from the 60's to the mid 70's (19-24ºC).

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Cuale River Bridge

What's the weather like in January, May, or December?

  • Winter - (December 22 - March 21)
  • Spring - (March 22 - June 21)
  • Summer - (June 22- September 21)
  • Autumn - (September 22 - December 21)

December, January and February

You can expect warm sunny days and pleasant evenings. During the day weather is temperate and you can easily wear light clothes. Warmer clothes at night during this, the local winter, this could be a light sweater, a cotton jacket or a long-sleeve shirt, but if you are from a cold climate, you'll be fine with short sleeves. Temperatures start to go down before sunset, around 6PM or 7PM until 8AM aprox., when the sun comes up again.

December: Average High: 81.5ºF (27.5ºC)/ Low 63.5ºF (16.5ºC)
January: Average High: 81ºF (27ºC)/ Low 62ºF (16ºC)
February: Average High: 80ºF (26.6ºC)/ Low 62ºF (16ºC)

Mountainbiking in Vallarta

March, April, May and June

Use very light clothes, this period is hotter than the previous one, there's normally some wind, specially in March so skirts can be unconfortable, specially short and light skirts.

March: Average High: 81ºF (27ºC)/ Low 63ºF (17ºC)
April: Average High: 82ºF (28ºC)/ Low 65.5ºF (18.5ºC)
May: Average High: 85.5ºF (30ºC)/ Low 71ºF (21.5ºC)
June: Average High: 88.5ºF (31.5ºC)/ Low 77ºF (25ºC)

Downtown Vallarta in May

July, August, September to Mid-October

The rainy season begins in these months, bring rain clothes along, maybe better to consider umbrellas, because the heat can be quite uncomfortable for those not accoustomed to humid heat. You can buy a cheap chinese umbrella on the street if needed. The weather, as mentioned is quite hot and humid during these months.

IMPORTANT: Many think that it rains all day and every day, that's not the case. It may rain a bit in the morning, a bit during the day and then most of it during the night, it's intermittent and for short runs, it doesn't get in the way of touring and enjoying the area, it is actually a blessing as temperatures actually go down during what is the warmest period of the year.

Temperatures go up to around 32 - 34 ºC (90 - 93ºF) on some days, specially during August and September and it is very humid, expect to sweat quite a bit, so bring extra shirts or blouses, cold showers will be a regular treat during the day. Avoid silky fabrics as they will get humid and stick to your body, this is quite disagreable (it has happened to me :-)). A good tip is to bring along a refillable spray water bottle, use regularly on your face and arms to cool down.

July: Average High: 90ºF (32ºC)/ Low 77ºF (25ºC)
August: Average High: 90.5ºF (32.5ºC)/ Low 76ºF (24.5ºC)
September: Average High: 90ºF (32ºC)/ Low 76ºF (24.5ºC)
October (1st half): Average High: 90ºF (32ºC)/ Low 76ºF (24.5ºC)

Pirate ship

Mid-October, November till the start of December

Once again the weather in Puerto Vallarta starts to calm down, temperatures become temperate, rains stop, there is very little breeze.
Light summer clothes are recommended and at night you can also use long sleeve blouses or shirts when going out to a restaurant or bar.
This period is recommended for those that want to avoid high season and the high prices, but still enjoy a comfortable climate during their stay.

October (2nd half): Average High: 88ºF (31ºC)/ Low 73ºF (23ºC)
November: Average High: 86ºF (30ºC)/ Low 69ºF (20.5ºC)
Start-December: Average High: 84ºF (29ºC)/ Low 66ºF (19ºC)

Hanging bridge

More information:

 

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Average Precipitation (inches) by month

Precipitation per month in Vallarta

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Average Temperature (ºF) by month

average temperature in Fahrenheit by month

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Puerto Vallarta Weather Webcam

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If you want to know what the weather is like RIGHT NOW in Puerto Vallarta, use our Webcam (click on the image) to see realtime shots of the city. If it's night time then of course you won't see much :-)

Weather Forecasts for PV

  1. Weather forecast (Weather Underground)
    Current Weather Conditions and Three Day Forecast for Vallarta.
  2. CNN Weather Forecast
    Another reliable weather forecast site.

Satellite Images

  1. Satellite view Weather.com
  2. Eastern Pacific Visible Satellite View

Storm Warnings and Tracking

  1. Tropical Weather Outlook Data for the Eastern Pacific
  2. National Weather Service (USA) Storm warnings and alerts

Other Weather Links

  1. Tide Predictor Great data for sailors and surfers
  2. Satellite Image of the World from Space zoom and pan available
  3. Jet Stream Analyses (North America - Part of Mexico) from the California Regional Weather Server.

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