Planning to travel to Cancun in October. In this post, you will find all you need to know about Cancun weather in October, plus bonus tips.
In this post, I will cover everything about Cancun weather in October but also I will share helpful information about traveling to Cancun in October, the benefits and downsides, and other practical tips.
If you are planning a trip to Cancun in October this post is all you need to read for weather-wise information especially, but not only.
Although this article is very helpful for planning your trip to Cancun, for real-time weather forecasts I always use my default phone app.
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Cancun weather in October at a glance 🌞 🌡️ 🌤️
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Cancun weather in October at a glance
|AVERAGE DAY TEMPERATURE||28ºC||82ºF|
|AVERAGE NIGHT TEMPERATURE||25.3ºC||78ºF|
|SUNSHINE HOURS||8 hr|
|RAINFALL||177mm / 11 days|
|CHANCE OF CLOUDY DAYS||28%|
|CHANCE OF WINDY DAYS||6%|
|SUNSET HOUR||From 6:31 (Oct 1st)|
to 6:11 (Oct 31st)
|SUNRISE HOUR||From 6:38 (Oct 1st)|
to 6:48 (Oct 31st)
What to expect from Cancun weather in October
October is the last month of the rainy season (and hurricane season as well), normally, but not necessarily, the most active. And although it’s of the rainiest month you can still expect sunny days.
For this reason, is considered low season because basically nobody wants to go and risk the bad weather. Although it;s
However, to be honest, with the forecast always more and more reliable you can check on the weather and find a last-minute deal.
For example, October is an excellent month to join tours to Chichen Itza and other Mayan ruins because it’s definitely less hot and therefore much more enjoyable.
You can also find the best price for your hotel room and enjoyable temperatures.
This way you will enjoy sunny days on the deserted beach and small crowds. Remember also to enjoy a beautiful sunset from the Nichupte Lagoon.
I would definitely travel in October to Cancun.
Temperatures in Cancun in October
Although the average temperature is pretty much the same as in September, in October you have fewer days when the temperature reaches 90ºF.
However, be reassured that the average low temperature is still a whopping 74ºF which is 23ºC which feels like 30/80 with the humidity levels.
So no worries and pack your bikinis and pareos. No winter clothes are needed for visiting Cancun except for a raincoat (just in case).
The average temperature in Cancun in October graphic
In the graphic here below you can see the average low temperature in Cancun by month and the average high temperature in Celsius (sorry)
Humidity and Rain in Cancun in October
October is the second most humid month of the year in Cancun.
Although the average humidity % is pretty much the same all year round, the max % is at its highest in October and September.
Mornings are usually the most humid, and on a positive note, if you think that 74ºF/23ºC is cold, you don’t have to worry about it because the humidity will make it feel like 86ºF/30ºC.
In other words, October is a very hot and dump month!
Average relative humidity in Cancun in October
The humidity levels in Cancun are almost all the time high in the summer and lower in winter and it has a great impact on heat perception. If there is a temperature of 35°C (95°F) and high humidity it will feel like 40°C (104°F)
As you can see here below humidity in Cancun doesn’t change much over the year. So it always feels hot even though I have to say in the past couple of years winters seem cooler than usual. Who would have thought?
So if want to visit Cancun this is something you should keep in mind.
Average wind speed in Cancun in October
The average wind speed metric is useful when you want to fly a drone and you want lower wind speed or you want to kite surfing when you will need a higher average wind speed. Cancun offers a little bit of both to make everybody happy.
In the picture here below you can find the average wind speed for each month of the year so you can plan your activities.
I have a mini drone and for as much as they say you can fly it up to 42km/hr wind speed, it is not necessarily true.
Keep in mind though that these numbers here below are just an average and you can find low wind speed even in March or April at certain times of the day. So take this with a grain of salt.
Average wind speed graphic
Average rainfall in Cancun in October
The average rainfall in October is 137mm which means that October is the wettest month. And not only Cancun, the entire Riviera Maya. The driest month, with lower average rainfall, is March.
Average rainfall graphic
Average water temperature in Cancun in October
The average sea temperature in October is around 28.6°C which is definitely ideal to swim or dive in Cancun.
Although the best month for swimming is August with a sea temperature of 29.4°C, you can see that there is not much difference and you can enjoy snorkeling trips, boat tours, diving and a good swim from the spectacular Cancun beaches.
What happens in Cancun in October
Despite the Hurricane risk October is a great month to travel because temperatures are still warm but not excruciatingly high, hotel occupation is low so you get amazing deals, and you can enjoy touring around and visiting the archeological sites that are not packed.
If it gets too humid and hot you can jump in a cenote and cool off.
Also here are some Cancun Events that usually take place in October
- Cancun Travel Mart – This show is organized by the Travel Agent Association and the Cancun hotel association with the purpose of gathering all operators in the Travel business to Cancun to discuss business opportunities.
However, there are days in which it’s open to the public to showcase local food, hotels, and tours available in Cancun and its surroundings. It normally takes place in October but this year, due to the COVID it has been moved to February.
- Cancun Jazz Festival: Cancun Jazz Festival is considered one of the most exciting, especially for the location and the top names in contemporary jazz. It’s normally set to take place in the last for days of October but due to the pandemic, the 2020 edition has been suspended and pushed to April 7-10, 2021, and October 2021 as well.
- Día de las Brujas (Halloween) – Although hallowing is not considered a public holiday, in Cancun it’s a tradition that is celebrated because of the number of tourists that come to the destination. Therefore kids are gearing up and go for their candies and sweets as much as the adults are wearing their own costumes and head to bars and clubs to celebrate.
Top tours in October
✔️ Visit Chichén Itzá, Cenote and Valladolid with free time to enjoy the placeS
✔️ Hotel pick up available from Cancún, Rivera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras & Tulum
✔️ Recover energy and taste the Mexican food with the buffet lunch included
✔️ Have a great insight into the Mayan culture with this full-day guided tour and choose the option that suits you best
✔️ Explore the Mayan Ruins in Tulum
✔️ Snorkel through a coral reef in the Caribbean Sea
✔️ Hotel pickup and drop-off are included
✔️ Sailing adventure to Islas Mujeres from Cancun
✔️ Cruise down Cancun’s stunning Caribbean coastline, and stop to snorkel in the water
✔️ Enjoy an open bar and a gourmet lunch on your catamaran cruise
✔️ Visit the charming island of Isla Mujeres, and go by its must-see sights
✔️ Hotel pickup and drop-off is included
Note- Must be at least eight years old to go on this adventure
👉 Also read The best day trip tour to Isla Mujeres
Packing list for Cancun in October
Here is a short packing list of essential items for Cancun in February. As you notice I am including a light sweater cause it can indeed be chilly.
✔️ swim suite
✔️ water bottle – important to save the environment from plastics and stay hydrated
✔️ flip flops
✔️ beach towels (unless you are going to a beach hotel in which case you will be provided)
✔️ Go Pro for amazing pictures while diving and snorkeling
✔️ Drybag for your belonging when you are on the beach and in the water
✔️ Beach bag
✔️ Sun Glasses
Cancun in October FAQ
Is it a good time to go to Cancun in October?
Although there is a good chance to find showers and even hurricanes in October, I still consider October a great time to visit Cancun.
It’s hot and you can find amazing deals in world-class hotels.
Are there hurricanes in October?
It’s not written in stone but it’s indeed Hurricane season, so there can be hurricanes around. As I am writing this, tropical storm Gamma just hit the Mexican Caribbean coast, including Cancun.
It meant a full rainy day and some passing showers on the two following days. other than that people are enjoying the sun and the beach.
Is Cancun cold in October?
I wished! 😉 Although the lowest temperature is around 74ºF/23ºC, which is not bad in itself, the humidity level makes it feel like 80ºF.
So, no it’s not cold at all.
Is October a good time to go to Mexico?
In general, October is a good time to go to Mexico.
However, it all depends on what you are looking for and if you are sensitive to the cold weather. Consider that Mexico City and all the central part of Mexico, not on the coast, to be specific, is starting to get cold in October.
In San Miguel de Allende there are 7ºC/44ºF while I am writing this (October 5th). So, in terms of climate, it depends on which part of Mexico you are going to.
Things to do in October in Cancun
Read the complete list of things to do in Cancun
Weather in Cancun for every month of the year
If you want to have an overview, first, you can check out my guide to When is the best time to travel to Cancun? Otherwise here below you will find thorough information on Cancun weather and events for every month.