Mexico City in June is a beautiful place. The long, warm days mean you have plenty of time to promenade through the historic streets, stopping to smell the roses in one of the capital’s many parks before dining al fresco in rooftop restaurants and bars with panoramic views
Since first falling in love with CDMX, we have lived part-time in the city’s La Condesa neighbourhood, enjoying the distinct seasons of the Mexican metropolis. While we’ll be the first to admit that the Mexico City weather June has to offer isn’t perfect, we’ve got more than a few reasons to call this month one of our favourite times of year to spend in town.
In this post, we’ll explain all the pros and cons of visiting Mexico City in the summer season, as well as covering the kind of temperatures you can expect, exploring things you should do, and explaining what to pack for Mexico City in June.
Is It Worth Visiting Mexico City In June? Our Opinion
On our first trip to Mexico City, we were told by a local tour guide to avoid planning our return trips for summer because of the rainy season. Having actually spent some of June in CDMX, however, we’ve found that it can actually be a really nice time of year visit, 👙 especially if you want to top up your tan! (🏊🏻♂️ Be sure to choose one of the CDMX hotels with pools.)
Sure, you don’t get to see the jacaranda trees bloom (that’s a little earlier, in March and April), and yes, we did get completely drenched one day while walking about Coyoacan, but with a little bit of forward planning, you can stay dry and explore CDMX at a time of year when the streets are less frenetic, and everybody is just a bit more chilled out.
Pros & Cons Of Visiting Mexico City In June
Visiting Mexico City in June has its positive and negative aspects, like any other time of year. If you are short on time and just want a quick summary of the key bullet points, we’ve outlined the principal pros and cons below.
✅ Hottest time of the year. If you like warm weather that’s perfect for sunbathing and lolling about in the pool, June is the best month to visit CDMX. Temperatures are usually in the high 20s to low 30s Celsius (80 to 90 in Fahrenheit).
✅ Low season. June is just before the summer holidays but also the very beginning of the rainy season. As such, it’s one of the least popular times to visit. Expect small crowds and better deals.
✅ Longest days of the year. As with everywhere in the northern hemisphere, the amount of daytime sunlight peaks in June, which means you’ll be able to maximize your time wandering the streets and lazing about in parks.
✅ Less polluted. Mexico City has made a concerted effort to clean up its act in recent years, but the metropolis’s air still suffers from the effects of pollution. In June, however, the rainy spells and reduced heating requirements mean the air quality is much better compared to the drier, colder months.
⚠️ Higher levels of rainfall. Many people avoid June because it’s the beginning of Mexico’s rainy season. On average, there’s only a 26% chance of a perfect sunny day in June in CDMX, although most showers tend to be brief.
⚠️ Relatively high humidity. The city is noticeably muggier in June than it is in the winter and spring months. If you’re someone who’s sensitive to humidity, make sure your accommodation has air conditioning.
⚠️ Fewer festivals. June lacks traditional, culturally fascinating fiestas like Dia de Muertos. At the same time, the mixed bag of weather means big modern events like Vive Latino Music Festival steer well clear as well.
Mexico City Weather In June
The weather in Mexico City in June is lovely and warm, but with the caveat that there’s a noticeable rise in rainy days from May, with July and September being the most rainy. Here, we’re going to take a look at what you can expect.
☀️ Temperature In Mexico City In June
The average temperature in Mexico City in June is about 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit), making this the sultriest month to visit. Daytime temperatures top out in the low 30s Celsius (around 90 degrees Fahrenheit), while nighttime temperatures drop to about 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit).
It’s quite a bit hotter than the winter months, when the thermometer drops to a daily average of approximately 14 degrees Celsius (47 degrees Fahrenheit), but can get as low as 7 degrees Celsius (44.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
An estimated 85% of Mexico City’s rainfall takes place during the summer. While that might sound bad, in our experience, June has the lightest rainfall of the season, and storms tend to blow themselves out in brief but intense afternoon squalls. That means we actually get plenty of sunshine during the day to explore, even if things are a little damp after the rain!
As a reference point, the average rainfall for June starts at around 40 millimetres but steadily picks up to reach 60 millimetres by the close, so it’s definitely worth planning a visit earlier in the month if you want a drier trip.
Relative humidity in June hovers between 55% and 65%, which feels to us like a slightly muggy but overall very comfortable level for walking about.
In fact, June is somewhere around the middle in terms of how humid CDMX can get, with the lowest humidity coming in March and the highest in September.
Things To Do In Mexico City In June
If you do visit CDMX in June, you’ve got to take advantage of the warmer weather by spending as much of the dry day outdoors as possible. Here are a few of our favourite experiences to consider for your Mexico City itinerary.
📍Take A Food Tour
Booking a food tour is one of our go-to activities whenever we first visit a city. Not only is it an excellent way to enjoy some of the local delicacies, but it’s also a good method of orienting yourself. Plus, what better opportunity to swap travel tips with like-minded tourists? We’ve definitely picked up some useful suggestions and made some good friends in between mouthfuls of mole!
Make sure you take the opportunity to pump your guide for info, too, as they will be able to give you plenty of valuable details about how to make the most of your visit to CDMX.
There are a lot of different food tours to choose from, but one of our favourites is this one, which runs through well-to-do Polanco, stopping off at seven different restaurants along the way. What exactly you get to try changes with the seasons, but we liked how we were able to sample both savoury and sweet morsels from all over Mexico, including Oaxacan and Yucatecan dishes.
📍Explore Teotihuacan Pyramids
An awe-inspiring reminder of the Mesoamerican culture that once dominated Mexico, Teotihuacan is a must for history buffs. The site’s most impressive building, the Temple of the Sun, was built around 200 CE and has remained remarkably intact for almost 2,000 years, towering over the rest of the area at 65.5 metres (215 feet).
When we first came to CDMX pre-Covid, we actually climbed up this incredible monument and got some amazing views of the former city. Unfortunately, these days, you can only view it from the ground, though on our last trip, you could still scale some of the smaller structures if you want to imagine yourself back in ancient times.
You can visit the site as part of a tour, but there are also several public bus services that make it super easy to travel to the site by yourself. Entry is 90 pesos per person, with an additional fee if you intend to drive your own car and park there.
📍Visit Chapultepec Castle
Mexico City in June is the perfect time of year to visit the sprawling natural wonderland of Bosque de Chapultepec, including the Chapultepec Botanical Gardens and the large artificial lake, where we’ve spent many an afternoon enjoying a romantic pedal boat ride.
This pleasure park was first established by the Aztecs, who would come here for a bit of R&R when they needed a break from city life. The idea was taken up by the subsequent Spanish colonists, who built Chapultepec Castle atop the highest hill.
Today, the castle contains the National Museum of History and boasts some wonderfully elaborate interiors. It’s the black-and-white tiled balcony that is really unmissable, however, providing a stylish spot to snap some photos of the surrounding environment, with a handful of skyscrapers providing a modern backdrop.
There are also several other museums located within the wider park, including the National Anthropology Museum and the Modern Art Museum.
What To Wear In Mexico City In June?
Don’t get stressed over what clothing to pack, we’ve got you covered! This checklist of items will ensure you have everything you need to enjoy CDMX in June, come rain or shine.
✅ T-shirts, shorts, skirts, and dresses. Warm weather apparel should be the foundation of your CDMX wardrobe in June so that you can traverse the city without becoming too sticky.
✅ Jeans. As you may have noticed in our section on Mexico City weather, there’s quite a big difference between temperatures at day and at night. Jeans are a good option if you don’t want to change clothing between lunch and dinner.
✅ Fleece. A jumper or other warm piece of clothing is essential for evenings, especially if you plan on enjoying the longer daylight hours with an outdoor cocktail.
✅ Raincoat. If you can manage to squeeze a thin raincoat into your bag or a capacious pocket, so much the better. The skies will inevitably chuck down rain at some point during most days in June.
✅ Bum bag. Always a good option for keeping your money and other important items safe, the bum bag may not be the height of fashion, but it is very useful!
🌧️ When Is Rainy Season In Mexico City?
Average rainfall ratchets up throughout the summer month from June to August before peaking in September. During much of this period, you can expect daily showers, but June tends to be the least negatively affected.
What To Do In Mexico City When It Rains?
You will inevitably suffer some showers if you visit Mexico City in June. During these rainy periods, you probably won’t want to be walking around the Centro Historico or Chapultepec Park, but there are still lots of unique indoor activities to keep you busy.
📍Go To A Lucha Libre Show
One of the most quintessentially Mexican things we’ve experienced in the country, a lucha libre show combines over-the-top wrestling moves with buckets of pageantry and colourful costumes that remind us a bit of children’s birthday cakes.
Since its creation in the mid-1800s, lucha libre has evolved to become one of the most popular sports in Mexico, attracting eager spectators to both live and televised shows. It’s a really boisterous atmosphere that crackles with energy, with plenty of audience interaction when it comes to cheering the heroes and booing the ‘rudos’.
If you want to experience lucha libre at its home in Arena Mexico, we recommend booking a tour. Yes, you can arrange the whole thing off your own back, but having tried this approach ourselves, we’ve found that buying and collecting the tickets is inconvenient, while getting into the venue is chaotic. Save yourself the headache and let someone else do the organisational heavy lifting!
📍Visit the National Museum of Anthropology
The National Museum of Anthropology has been described as the best museum in Mexico. Why? Because it’s got an awesome collection of more than 600,000 pieces of historically significant objects, most of them from the pre-Columbian era.
Established in 1964, it is the largest and most visited museum in Mexico, with tons of impressive items on display, including the elaborately carved Aztec sunstone, giant Olmec heads, and incredible replicas of Mesoamerican temples. We recommend allocating at least half a day to marvelling at the huge array of stone statues, colourful murals, and funerary masks, which carry you through thousands of years of Central American civilisation.
Make sure you take advantage of the free tours, which are offered throughout the day from Tuesday to Saturday (the museum is also open on Sunday, but it’s the docents’ day off). Entry tickets are 90 pesos.
📍Visit Frida Kahlo Museum
The most famous Mexican artist of all time, Frida Kahlo, was a ‘chilanga’ through and through. She was born and lived much of her life within the cobalt-blue walls of the Casa Azul, which, fittingly, has been turned into the Frida Kahlo Museum, a sort of temple to her artistic genius.
The museum is down in Coyoacan, a picturesque Bohemian part of town that’s worth exploring when the sunshine is out. When it’s raining, however, you can while away an hour or two exploring the Casa Azul’s rooms, which are filled with Frida’s artwork, clothing, and tools. The rooms have been preserved to reflect how they would have looked when they were occupied by Frida and her artist husband, Diego Rivera.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday and costs 250 pesos to enter. It tends to get pretty busy, but you can buy your tickets online beforehand if you want to skip the kiosk queue.
Events & Celebrations In Mexico City In June
Mexico City in June isn’t the best time to visit if you want to experience CDMX’s most exciting cultural and musical festivals, but there are a few celebrations to keep an eye out for.
🎉 National Maritime Day (Dia De La Marina)
Although it’s not a public holiday when people are entitled to a day off, Dia de la Marina is observed throughout the country on June 1. Its origins date back to 1942, when two Mexican oil tankers were sunk by German submarines, precipitating Mexico’s entry into World War II.
Today, National Maritime Day honours all naval personnel who have died in the service of the Mexican people.
We’ve never noticed much happening in CDMX to mark the occasion, but if you head to one of Mexico’s coastal towns for the day, there is usually some form of naval procession to commemorate the event.
🎉 Father’s Day (Dia Del Padre)
Mexicans celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June, the same day as most other nations around the world. What sets the Mexican version apart is the unique traditions.
In fact, there’s an annual race that takes place in Mexico City, known as the Carrera Dia del Padre, which snakes through the leafy southern suburbs of CDMX. The run is a half marathon (about 21 kilometres), which is a fair whack! That’s why you’ll only see fathers and their adult children racing the route, though little ones often head along to cheer along Papa.
For the more sedate padres, a family barbecue is pretty standard, and you’re sure to smell plenty of grilled meat on the air as you wander past local homes.
What Is The Best Time To Visit Mexico City?
If you want to time your Mexico City travel to coincide with the best weather, aim to visit between March and May, when the climate is temperate and the skies are untroubled by rain clouds.
However, bear in mind that the crowds are fairly large at this time of year, which can make for a less-than-relaxing CDMX experience. Additionally, prices get jacked up because of the increased number of visitors. As a result, you may find June is a more salubrious time to see Mexico City, in spite of the wetter weather.
What Is The Worst Time To Visit CDMX?
While this is an incredibly subjective opinion, we would have to say that September is probably the worst time to visit Mexico City, as the rainfall is at its heaviest. Plus, if you are planning to tack on visits to the coastal part of Mexico, September and October are the height of hurricane season, so it’s not really the safest or most beautiful time of year to drop by.
Mexico City In June: The Wrap-Up
Hopefully, this post has opened your eyes to some of the benefits of travelling to Mexico City in June. While it may not be the most popular time of year to visit CDMX, the warm weather and smaller crowds are surely enough incentives to overcome the occasional squall!
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