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Cancun Weather in November: Rain, Temperatures

Cancun weather in November
Average high temperature and rainfall for Cancun in November. © 2023 Scott S. Bateman

Cancun weather in November historically has high rainfall that may discourage people from visiting this vibrant city on Mexico’s eastern coast.

The official Caribbean hurricane season lasts from June through November. The worst months of the season are usually September and October, but some destinations still get a lot of rain in November. Cancun is one of those destinations.

The following climate averages are based on a 30-year history from Mexico’s national meteorology service, Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. They will vary somewhat each year, but they usually follow a pattern that helps to predict the weather.

November Rainfall

It could be worse. Total rainfall reaches nearly 10 inches in September and October.

November does much better with an historical average of a little more than five inches. By comparison, rainfall averages about two inches a month from February through April during the peak of the dry season.

Cancun weather in November is warm enough for a visit and dry enough that the risk of rain is lower than other other months in the fall. Because October is so bad and December gets about four inches, the odds of rain are heavier in the first half of the month and lighter in the second half.

Another way of planning for weather is by looking at the number of days it rains each month.

Cancun in November averages 12 days with rain, which is better than the 14 and 16 days respectively for September and October.

It is only slightly worse than the brief rainy season in June.

November Temperatures

Cancun gets quite warm during the summer with average high temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cancun temperatures in November have an average high of 85 degrees Fahrenheit or more than 29 Celsius, according to Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. The lows, which usually occur at night, average 73 degrees Fahrenheit or nearly 23 Celsius.

Seawater temperatures usually hover about midway between the daily highs and daily lows, which means the water is still comfortable for swimming.

But trade winds can make swimming cooler and more uncomfortable. Trade winds are moderate in November but start to pick up as the season heads toward winter.

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Whether to Go

Four other months during the year have higher rainfall than Cancun in November.

That makes November a below average month to visit. Reasons to go that month include the possibility of lower prices for hotels.

But daytime temperatures are still warm enough to enjoy the beaches and other outdoor activities.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
October 14, 2023

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