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Cozumel Weather in February

Trying to figure out Cozumel weather in February is not easy because the wind and temperatures can be misleading.

The largest island of Mexico is a hugely popular destination for western Caribbean cruises. It’s also popular with people staying for an entire vacation because of its beaches, great snorkeling, Mayan ruins and day trips for shopping and dining such as Playa del Carmen across the water.

Although the daytime temperatures are quite warm, the nighttime temperatures can be cool and the wind chill factor a bit discouraging at times for anyone who likes to spend time in the water or on the beaches.

The following averages come from a 30-year history and will vary somewhat from year to year.

Rainfall

February Weather Stats

Avg. High
84 degrees F
Avg. Low
67 degrees F
Rain Inches
2.4
Rain Days
6.5
The first consideration for anyone planning a trip to the Caribbean should be the average rainfall during the month.

The region experiences the annual hurricane season that dumps a great deal of rain on many of the major destinations, especially in September and October.

Other months may have spikes in rainfall, but not Cozumel in February. The average rainfall for the month is only about 2.4 inches, which is low for an island that sees as much as six inches a month in the fall.

February rainfall is the lowest for Cozumel except for March and April, which also happen to be peak months for cruise visitors.

The average number of days it rains is 6.5, which again is the lowest except for March and April.

Temperatures

The average high temperature is 84.4 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s a warm month compared to the cold winter days in the north, but it’s also the second lowest average of the year after January.

The average low temperature (mostly at night) is 66.9 degrees or about the same as January.

The nighttime temperatures matter because of their impact on seawater temperatures. Seawater temperatures usually average about halfway between the highs and lows of the day. They will be at their lowest point in the morning hours.

Coupled with the Caribbean’s trade winds, that may make swimming uncomfortable at times in the mornings and sometimes throughout the entire day.

Otherwise, daytime temperatures should be warm enough for most outdoor activities.

Whether to Go

February weather in Cozumel is above average because of the low risk of rain, but it’s not the best of the year. It’s clear that anyone wanting to go there will probably have better luck in March or April.

But for that reason, prices for cruises and hotels will likely be higher in March or April.

So consider a February trip in particular if rate discounts are available.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 05, 2013

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