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Puerto Vallarta Weather, all you need to know

January in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Weather in January
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Warm, humid and sunny all year round, but the coldest month is January with a high of 83.8°F (28.8°C) and a low of around 62.1°F (16.7°C). Water temperature is comfortable 77°F (25°C). It's high season for Puerto Vallarta.

February in Puerto Vallarta

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Even though it's Winter in Puerto Vallarta, the weather is still very warm and sunny, daytime temperatures are starting to rise with a high of 84.2°F (29°C) and a low of around 61.3°F (16.3°C). Water temperature is still at 77°F (25°C). It's still high season for PV.

Puerto Vallarta in March

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Winter gives way to Spring and Puerto Vallarta starts to warm up. The high temperatures are around 84.6°F (29.3°C) and the minimum are around 62.4°F (16.9°C). High season is still going and the sea temperature lies around 75°F (24°C).

Puerto Vallarta in April

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Things start gearing up for Summer, temperatures jump to a high of 85.8°F (29.9°C) and lows of 63°F (17.2°C). Days are longer and sunny. It's spring break season and the ocean waters are around 77°F (25°C).

May in Puerto Vallarta

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May is the transition to Summer in Puerto Vallarta, weather is much warmer with long days and average daytime temperatures of 87.8°F (31°C) and a low of around 87.8°F (20.2°C). Water temperature rises to 79°F (26°C). There may be a few days with short showers.

Puerto Vallarta in June

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Summer starts in PV, temperatures are still on the rise with highs 90.1°F (32.3°C) and the lows around 73.0°F (22.8°C). Rainy season has started and the sea temperature lies around 82°F (28°C).

Puerto Vallarta in July

Summer and rainy season is upon PV. Temperature and humidity are topping off, average highs of 91.9°F (33.3°C) and lows around 73.2°F (22.9°C). Even though it rains a lot it's mostly afternoon and night showers, sea temperature 84°F (29°C).

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Puerto Vallarta in August

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Summer and the rainy season continue in PV. Maximum temperature and humidity are reached, average highs of 92.7°F (33.7°C) and lows of 73.4°F (23.0°C). Though it rains it's mostly intermittent afternoon and night showers, sea at 86°F (30°C).

September in Puerto Vallarta

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Rainy season continues, but temperatures start to relax. Days start to shorten with average highs of 92.5°F (33.6°C) and lows of 73.2°F (22.9°C). Sea temperatures at 84°F (29°C).

October in Puerto Vallarta

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Rainy season is coming to an end, humidity and temperatures start to relax a bit. Days are shorter but sunnier with average highs of 92.5°F (33.6°C) and lows of 72.0°F (22.2°C). Sea temperatures are still 84°F (29°C).

Puerto Vallarta in November

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Dry season in Puerto Vallarta starts in this month, temperatures start to go down. Thanks to its location the weather is great, with average highs of 90.1°F (32.3°C) and lows of 67.5°F (19.7°C). Sea water temperatures are now 82°F (28°C).

December month in Puerto Vallarta

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December marks the start of Winter in PV, this doesn't mean it's cold, quite the contrary it's the start of high season with average highs of 85.8°F (29.9°C) and lows of 64.4°F (18.0°C). Sea water temperatures are now 81°F (27°C).

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Puerto Vallarta sits on the Costa Dorada (Golden Coast) of Jalisco Mexico, at the mid-point of the large Banderas Bay, where the Pacific Ocean washes the beaches between the Mexican States of Jalisco and Nayarit.

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Puerto Vallarta is located on the same latitude as the Hawaiian islands (20ºN), that's why the city's weather and climate are often compared to Hawaii's own (PV city info).

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Puerto Vallarta (as well as Nuevo Vallarta) is surrounded by jungle and receives considerable rain during the wet summer months.

Vallarta's climate has a very distinct dry and wet season during the year. In general, the Summer months have a much higher chance of rain than the Winter months, that are mostly dry.

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Generalities

  • Tropical wet and dry (Köppen Climate classification)
  • Rainy Wet Season: June to September, most rain in September. It rains intermittently during the partly cloudy day, around an hour in total, at most.
  • December, January, and February (high dry 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) before that one. 

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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 Annual Weather / Temperatures in Puerto Vallarta Jalisco Mexico

  High Low    
   °C  °F  °C  °F  Humidity  Rainy Days
 January 28.8 83.8 16.7 62.1 67% 2
 February 29.0 84.2 16.3 61.3 65% 1
 March 29.3 84.6 16.9 62.4 65% 0
 April 29.9 85.8 17.2 63.0 67% 0
 May 31.0 87.8 20.2 68.4 68% 1
 June 32.3 90.1 22.8 73.0 69% 11
 July 33.3 91.9 22.9 73.2 69% 16
 August 33.7 92.7 23.0 73.4 70% 15
 September 33.6 92.5 22.9 73.2 70% 16
 October 33.6 92.5 22.2 72.0 68% 5
 November 32.3 90.1 19.7 67.5 67% 1
 December 29.9 85.8 18.0 64.4 68% 2
 Yearly Average 31.4 88.5 19.9 67.8 68% 70
Source: World Meteorological Organization


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. The highest 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 move into the low to mid-80s 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-70s (19-24ºC).

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What is 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)

Weather in December, January, and February

You can expect the conditions to include warm sunny days and pleasant evenings. During the day, the 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 6 PM or 7 PM, with the low temperature in the early morning and then start to rise again when the sun comes up.

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)

Weather in March, April, May, and June

Use very light clothes, this period is hotter than the previous one, there's normally some wind, especially in March so skirts can be inconvenient, especially 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)

Weather in July, August, September to Mid-October (wet season begins)

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

IMPORTANT: Many think that wet days means it rains all day and every day, that's not the case. During the wet season 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.

Daily average temperature goes up to around 32 - 34 ºC (90 - 93ºF) on some days, especially 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 disagreeable (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)

Mid-October, November, start of December Weather in Puerto Vallarta (dry season begins)

Once again the temperatures and humidity start to relax a bit, it becomes temperate, rains stop, there isn't much breeze. Light summer clothes are recommended and at night you can also use a long sleeve blouse or shirt when going out to a restaurant or bar.
This period is recommended for those that want to avoid the high season in Puerto Vallarta 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)


Average Precipitation (inches) by Month

Precipitation per month in Vallarta
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Average Monthly Temperatures (ºF)

Average temperature in Fahrenheit by month
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PV 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 real-time shots of the city. If it's night time then, of course, you won't see much :-)

Weather Forecasts for PV

  1. Weather Forecast Map (Weather Underground)
    Current Weather Conditions and Three Day Forecast for Vallarta.
  2. AccuWeather (Weather Maps & Forecast for PV)
    Another reliable weather data and forecast site.

Satellite Images

  1. Satellite view Weather.com
  2. Eastern Pacific Visible Satellite NOAA for cloud cover
  3. Collection of satellite images by Mexico Weather Stations (SMN)

Storm Warnings and Tracking

  1. National Hurricane Center
  2. Tropical Weather Outlook Data Sources for the Eastern Pacific
  3. Hurricane Central & Cyclone Warnings Mexican Meteorological Service

Other Weather Related Links

  1. Tide Predictor Great data for sailors and surfers
  2. Puerto Vallarta Mexico average water temperature / external
  3. Wind Speed (miles per hour) & Tide Predictor
  4. Satellite Image of the World from Space zoom and pan available
  5. Vallarta Mexico Weather and Radar Maps
  6. Jet Stream Analyses (North America - Part of Mexico)
  7. Local time / Time Zones / Daylight Saving Time

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