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Mexico's wonderfully diverse topography includes everything from tropical coastlines to barren deserts and frosty mountain peaks to lush valleys. The sudden shifts in altitude make the weather just as varied as the landscape. The general climate in Mexico is best described as tropical, and most of the country experiences year-round sunny weather.
Mexico’s West Coast has a moderate and dry climate with average winter temperatures at a comfortable 66°F (19°C), and 77°F (25°C) in summer.
Unlike the mild West Coast, the Sonoran Desert experiences more rainfall from July to October. Winters here reach 53°F (17.2°C), while summer temperatures often exceed 104°F (40°C).
That said, the Chihuahuan Desert to the east is much cooler with winter temperatures dropping to 50°F (10°C), and summer temperatures hovering around 82.4°F (28°C). During June and October, the Chihuahuan Desert experiences a period of monsoon rains.
To the south, around Mexico City, temperatures of Tierras Frías (cold lands) change drastically between day and night. Winters here often dip to 45°F (7°C), while summer temperatures can climb to a mild 77°F (25°C).
In the scattered areas of Tierras Templadas (temperate lands), temperatures range from 60°F (15.5°C) to 75°F (23.5°C) for winter and summer respectively.
Finally, the Tierras Caliente (hot lands), found mainly along the coastal plains, are hot all year round, and humid during the rainy season (either May to November or June to October). Temperatures average between 89.6°F (32°C) and 95°F (35°C) throughout the year.
Otherwise, precipitation in Mexico is generally most common between June and November; the remaining months of the year are relatively dry.
Occasional tropical storms between August and September have been known to bring heavy rains. We suggest researching the climates of specific regions before moving.
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