Manzanillo, Colima
Weather and Climate

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Colima's varied coastlineColima's 87 miles of coastline is a tourist mecca with a yearly average of 350 days of sunshine. Facilities for sportfishing and unlimited quiet beaches attract large numbers of Mexican and foreign tourists.

mountain scenery in ColimaThree-quarters of the state is mountainous. Located where the Sierra Madre joins the Southern Sierra Madre, Colima contains four major mountain systems. Sharing the same latitude as Hawaii, the state of Colima has some of the best weather in Mexico. From November through April the daily temperature ranges from 75-82 degrees Fahrenheit, while nights cool off to a comfortable 63-75 degrees. In May, the climate starts to change--becoming more humid, and building up to the beginning of rainy season in June. After the first rain, which is celebrated among the locals, the hills turn from drab brown to the vibrant greens of a tropical rain forest.

rainforest sceneryRainy season, however, doesn't mean it rains all day, every day. Usually it rains every three or four days, when the humidity finally builds up enough to create a soft rain shower in the late afternoon or evening, cooling everything off, and washing the dust off the tropical foliage. After more than 6 months without rain, the forest seems to come alive overnight. Most tourists are unaware of the advantages of visiting Manzanillo in the summer, and miss the spectacular tropical rain forests, the deserted beaches and lower prices, but for those who live here year-round, it's a favorite time to enjoy Colima to the fullest.

Mountain lake in ColimaAt higher altitudes, there is more rain, and cooler breezes. Residents who live in the hills surrounding Manzanillo enjoy cooler temperatures, and stronger breezes. Those who live on the beach generally have a sea breeze in the afternoon. Overall, Manzanillo has cooler temperatures than Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Ixtapa or Acapulco. Its close proximity to the Sierra Madres, and its two bays provide better wind currents to keep the area cool and fresh.

Hurricane season is generally from mid-June through October. However, the last serious hurricane to hit Manzanillo was in 1959. Hurricane warnings are issued, however, from a satellite receiving station near Manzanillo, so all transmissions use Manzanillo as a home base. These warnings, pinpointing Manzanillo, can undoubtedly frighten off tourists. In reality, it is simply a way to pinpoint hurricane locations on the map.

For example, a hurricane may be closer to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, but since the tracking station is in Manzanillo, all hurricane-related information is tied to Manzanillo. A report on CNN might say: "Hurricane Charles is 300 miles southwest off the coast of Manzanillo," but when the hurricane is actually tracked on the map, it is nearer to Ixtapa. Since Manzanillo is the largest port on the western coast of Mexico, with cargo and cruise ships visiting from more than 30 countries, this information proves helpful to the shipping industry, but scares away tourists that might have chosen Manzanillo as their vacation destination.

Because Manzanillo and its bays are tucked underneath a point of land known as Cabo Corrientes, most hurricanes are directed to the north, closer to Puerto Vallarta, or Cabo San Lucas in Baja California. Unfortunately, it's Manzanillo that get the bad press.

Weather predicting in Manzanillo is usually as reliable as in the U.S. and Canada. If you wash your car, you can guarantee rain (June through October only)!


Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

JANUARY 80-84 70-73 80-82
FEBRUARY 80-83 68-71 78-80
MARCH 80-83 65-68 76-78
APRIL 80-83 65-69 74-76
MAY 81-85 73-78 75-79
JUNE 82-86 77-82 82-84
JULY 82-86 78-82 84-85
AUGUST 82-86 78-82 84-86
SEPTEMBER 84-87 79-83 84-86
OCTOBER 85-88 80-85 82-84
NOVEMBER 82-84 77-79 79-82
DECEMBER 80-83 77-79 79-82

Current Manzanillo Weather

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