Here in Mexico’s Lake Chapala area our rainy season runs from approximately June 15 to October 15 varying slightly from year to year. For instance in 2018 it rained all the way through Day of the Dead in November, and 2017 when the rainy season was mostly over by September 30. In 2019, we saw serious flooding in many areas of Mexico and several severe hail storms including one in Guadalajara that left almost 4 feet of hail on the streets. That one made the international news!
These extreme events are rare, but even as recently as 2021 there was a period of heavy rain which precipitated some mud slides in the San Juan Cosala area (just West of Ajijic).
Lakeside Rainy Season
The Lakeside rainy season is distinct due to the micro climate created by the surrounding mountains and proximity of the lake, making storms less severe. We sometimes get loud thunder and lightning storms, almost always in the middle of the night, but they are never as dramatic as in other areas of Mexico.
Those who live here year-round and our visiting sunbirds escaping extreme temperatures north of the border are big fans of the rainy season. The cool mornings are delicious and unlike the brown landscape of much of the dry season, we are surrounded by lush green hillsides. Temperatures generally range from a low of ~65 degrees to a high of ~80, an ideal temperate climate. Although the humidity is, of course, higher than in the dry season, our altitude of 5,000 feet moderates that nicely. We never have the type of humidity encountered in many parts of the U.S. midwest, northeast and southeast (or coastal Mexico). Another plus is that the rains almost always come at night, often between 2-6 a.m. leaving behind a bright cool morning with temperatures slowly rising during the day.
Let’s Wrap This Up
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