Mexico City is one of the most visited cities in the world and number one in Latin America according to the MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index. The number of people visiting is also expected to grow in the foreseeable future. What a lot of visitors do not realize that even though the Distrito Federal (Federal District or DF) will not give them the same climate as you would expect from a beach destination, far from it; Mexico City weather is very different to what you would find in the coast line so you need to prepare yourself for it. Here is what you need to know about the climate and what to pack for your trip to what the UN called the 5th largest urban area in the world.
Not The Same Weather All Over The City
It is difficult to speak of Mexico City weather and what to expect from it because not all of DF will get the same weather. As stated earlier the city is the 5th largest urban area in the world and there are changes in altitude. While it rain sin one end of the city, the other one could be very dry on any given day. The temperatures also change depending on where you are. If you go to the mountain side in the south of the city and Xochimilco, then you are more likely to experience colder temperatures. The center and the north of the city on the other hand experience more temperate climate.
The altitude has a big influence on Mexico City weather. The city is at an altitude of 7,940 ft. (2,420 m) but the highest elevation in Distrito Federal is 12,890 ft. (3,930 m). That means that you can expect cold weather at any time even in the summer months. The changes in the elevation also mean that the people who live in the center of the city will see a lot less rain each year than those who live mountain-side in the south of the city.
The rainy season does bring a lot of rain. The changes are first seen in late May when the rain starts picking up and it does not stop until the beginning of October. Every day it seems as if it rains around the same time late in the afternoon, but rain is always a possibility at any time during the rainy season of Mexico City weather. July is the month with the most rain with a total of 6.035 inches of rain for the month in the valley with more on the mountains. The dry season can go days without rain, and the driest month is February with only 0.22 inches of rain for the month.
The altitude has a big influence in Mexico City weather, so even when the city is hot you should not expect it to ever reach temperatures over 100F. The record high temperature recorded at the valley was 93F so those that have experienced the summers in the Mid-West are likely to love the temperatures in DF. The night-time temperatures are another story. While the city has experienced snow in the past it is extremely rare. The last time there was snow in the area happened in 1967, but the mercury can drop at night at any time of the year. The month of June, which is by average the hottest month still gets night-time average low temperatures of 54.1F. The coolest month of the year is January when the average low temperatures drop to 42.6F. You should bring a sweater for activities later in the day for when it gets too cold.