January, February and March are the coldest months of the year in San Pancho. But before I scare away visitors planning to travel to the Riviera Nayarit, keep in mind I’m talking about a low temperature around 60 degrees F. Not very cold by most standards! Well, not cold by my native New England standards.
If you’re looking for cold weather in Mexico, there’s some to go around as much of the country has experienced some cold temperatures, rain and strong winds according to this article titled The Polar air mass over much of Mexico in the Sol Mexico News.
Here in San Francisco on the Riviera Nayarit, our January low was 58. 7 F compared to last year’s 59.1 F. The expected low for February will be about the same, a couple of degrees either side of 60 F.
Daytime temperatures in San Pancho in January were moderated by several cloudy days. We reached 86.7 F on January 2nd with the UV index riding high many days in the low 90’s, less than last year’s high heat index of 97.3 F.
Rainfall. None, excepting a very brief light rain mid-month. But it’s not unusual to have some rain in January. In February we can expect either none or three inches based on past records. In 2010, 2012, and 2015 we had 3+ inches of rain. The other years since 2008, only a trace of rain. Your guess is as good as mine.
Several days of massive surf was the environmental highlight of the month. The Pacific was churning out 12 foot waves that came crashing in, with the resulting strong undertow that was a challenge for even the best swimmers. The beach landscape changed daily due to the surf. Quite an impressive site at sunset.
If you’re planning to visit Mexico this season, head for San Pancho. You’ll find us just north of Puerto Vallarta. You’ll love our town and the weather can’t be beat!