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Average Weather in La Ciudad Mexico

In La Ciudad, the wet season is overcast, the dry season is partly cloudy, and it is cool year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 71°F and is rarely below 20°F or above 77°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit La Ciudad for warm-weather activities is from mid May to mid June.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The warm season lasts for 2.0 months, from April 27 to June 29, with an average daily high temperature above 69°F. The hottest day of the year is June 5, with an average high of 71°F and low of 44°F.

The cold season lasts for 2.6 months, from November 27 to February 15, with an average daily high temperature below 60°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 27°F and high of 57°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

Average High and Low Temperature in La CiudadwarmcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F10°F20°F30°F40°F50°F60°F70°F80°F90°F100°FJan 2257°FJan 2257°FJun 571°FJun 571°F27°F27°F44°F44°FApr 2769°FApr 2769°FNov 2760°FNov 2760°F37°F37°F30°F30°FLowHigh
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in La CiudadJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfreezingvery coldvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablefreezingvery cold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Abra Pampa, Argentina (4,189 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to La Ciudad (view comparison).

Clouds

In La Ciudad, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in La Ciudad begins around October 10 and lasts for 8.5 months, ending around June 24. On May 28, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 74% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 26% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around June 24 and lasts for 3.5 months, ending around October 10. On August 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 87% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 14% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in La CiudadclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%May 2874%May 2874%Aug 2114%Aug 2114%Oct 1042%Oct 1042%Jun 2444%Jun 2444%clearovercastmostly cloudymostly clearpartly cloudy
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in La Ciudad varies very significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.3 months, from June 19 to September 29, with a greater than 36% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 71% on August 21.

The drier season lasts 8.7 months, from September 29 to June 19. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on March 30.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 71% on August 21.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in La CiudadwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Aug 2171%Aug 2171%Mar 302%Mar 302%Jan 17%Jan 17%Jun 1936%Jun 1936%Sep 2936%Sep 2936%rainmixed
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. La Ciudad experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.5 months, from May 23 to February 9, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 27, with an average total accumulation of 5.8 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from February 9 to May 23. The least rain falls around April 5, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in La Ciudad does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in La CiudadsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 in6 inJan 160.1 inJan 160.1 inJul 240.0 inJul 240.0 inDec 70.1 inDec 70.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in La Ciudad varies over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 40 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 36 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 6:55 AM on March 31, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 10 minutes later at 8:05 AM on October 27. The earliest sunset is at 6:15 PM on November 28, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 39 minutes later at 8:53 PM on July 2.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in La Ciudad during 2018, starting in the spring on April 1, lasting 6.8 months, and ending in the fall on October 28.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in La CiudadJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AM2 AMMar 316:55 AMMar 316:55 AM8:53 PMJul 28:53 PMJul 2Nov 286:15 PMNov 286:15 PM8:05 AMOct 278:05 AMOct 27Apr 1DSTApr 1DSTDSTOct 28DSTOct 28daynightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level in La Ciudad, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 4% of 4% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in La CiudadJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Dec 160%Dec 160%Aug 168%Aug 168%humidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydrymuggymuggy
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in La Ciudad experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.8 months, from October 19 to June 11, with average wind speeds of more than 2.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 19, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.8 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.2 months, from June 11 to October 19. The calmest day of the year is August 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 2.1 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in La Ciudad varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 5.4 months, from March 4 to August 15, with a peak percentage of 51% on May 31. The wind is most often from the east for 6.6 months, from August 15 to March 4, with a peak percentage of 47% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in La CiudadEWEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westeastsouthnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

La Ciudad is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 4.3 months, from June 23 to November 2, with an average temperature above 83°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 31, with an average temperature of 86°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.8 months, from December 30 to April 23, with an average temperature below 74°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 4, with an average temperature of 72°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in La Ciudad throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit La Ciudad for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid May to mid June, with a peak score in the first week of June.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in La CiudadJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468104.24.21.21.22.52.51.91.9 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit La Ciudad for hot-weather activities is from late May to mid June, with a peak score in the first week of June.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in La CiudadJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468101.71.70.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in La Ciudad typically lasts for 5.9 months (178 days), from around April 28 to around October 24, rarely starting before April 9 or after May 16, and rarely ending before October 5 or after November 11.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in La Ciudadgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Apr 2850%Apr 2850%Oct 2450%Oct 2450%May 1690%May 1690%Oct 590%Oct 590%Apr 910%Apr 910%Nov 1110%Nov 1110%0%Feb 110%Feb 11Jul 21100%Jul 21100%very coldcoldcoolfreezingcomfortablewarm
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in La Ciudad should appear around February 16, only rarely appearing before February 4 or after March 18.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in La CiudadJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F200°F400°F600°F800°F1,000°F1,200°F1,400°F1,600°F1,800°FFeb 1690°FFeb 1690°FJun 30900°FJun 30900°FDec 311,625°FDec 311,625°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.4 months, from April 2 to June 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 18, with an average of 7.8 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.5 months, from November 13 to January 29, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 18, with an average of 4.1 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in La CiudadbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhMay 187.8 kWhMay 187.8 kWhDec 184.1 kWhDec 184.1 kWhApr 27.1 kWhApr 27.1 kWhJan 294.8 kWhJan 294.8 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of La Ciudad are 23.731 deg latitude, -105.689 deg longitude, and 8,520 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of La Ciudad contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 988 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 8,542 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (7,549 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,505 feet).

The area within 2 miles of La Ciudad is covered by trees (98%), within 10 miles by trees (97%), and within 50 miles by trees (90%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in La Ciudad, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in La Ciudad.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and La Ciudad according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at La Ciudad is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between La Ciudad and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: General Rafael Buelna International Airport (28%, 87 kilometers, southwest) and Durango International Airport (72%, 126 kilometers, east).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.