The best times to visit Oaxaca for ideal weather are
October 8th to February 18th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Oaxaca Travel Guide
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Weather in Oaxaca
Average temperatures in Oaxaca vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some hot weeks in the summer, with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 59th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Oaxaca, the hottest months are May, April, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid May where highs are regularly around 93.7°F (34.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.2°F (15.7°C) at night.
Oaxaca Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Oaxaca Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Oaxaca Perceived Temperature (F)
Oaxaca Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Oaxaca Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Oaxaca are December, January, and then November. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late June with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of June 25th.
When can you find snow in Oaxaca? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Oaxaca.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Oaxaca (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Oaxaca has some humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is April (36.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (64.2%).
Wind in Oaxaca is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is March, followed by February and November. March’s average wind speed of around 3.2 knots (3.7 MPH or 5.9 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late February and early March where average top sustained speeds reach 8.2 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Oaxaca.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||3.1||Barely noticeable||6||Light breeze|
|Feb||3.2||Barely noticeable||6.4||Light breeze|
|Mar||3.2||Barely noticeable||7||Light breeze|
|Apr||3.1||Barely noticeable||6.5||Light breeze|
|May||3||Barely noticeable||6.4||Light breeze|
|Jun||2.7||Barely noticeable||5.2||Light breeze|
|Jul||2.6||Barely noticeable||4.9||Light breeze|
|Aug||2.5||Barely noticeable||4.8||Light breeze|
|Sep||2.5||Barely noticeable||4.6||Light breeze|
|Oct||3||Barely noticeable||5.9||Light breeze|
|Nov||3.2||Barely noticeable||6.1||Light breeze|
|Dec||2.9||Barely noticeable||5.6||Light breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Oaxaca?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Mexico; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 01, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Oaxaca, Mexico is January, followed by March and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Oaxaca in July. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Oaxaca Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 93.7°F (34.3°C) and 88.7°F (31.5°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Oaxaca, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 84.9°F (29.4°C) and 82.8°F (28.2°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 0 to 9 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Oaxaca to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 89.1°F (31.7°C) and 81.8°F (27.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.