Cancun Hurricane Season

Cancun hurricane season lasts from June to November with the highest chance of a hurricane occurring being in September and October.

There have been two major hurricane events in Cancun's tourism history. Hurricane Gilbert on Sept 15th 1988 and Hurricane Wilma on 21 October 2005. Hurricanes don't hit Cancun every year, far from it.

In August 2007 Cancun had a lucky near miss. Hurricane Dean looked dead set to strike Cancun with a ferocity similar ot that of Wilma. 48 hours beforehand Dean changed course and ended up making landfall some 200 miles south.

While major preparations had been made in Cancun, the worse that happened was 30 mph winds gusting to 50mph on the coast and some heavy rain showers that lasted just a few hours. The following day things were back to normal and there was little trace that Dean had grazed us.

In August 2008 Gustav came close but in the end this one also turned out to be a lot of fuss about nothing. Hurricanes really are not common, every year it seems the National Hurricane Center predicts a busy hurricane season and more often than not it hasn't materialised.

If there is any tropical storm activity in the area, then you'll see the storm centers highlighted below. Storms dont always develop into hurricanes. In fact, more often than not they dont. Even if a storm does develop into a hurricane there is little chance that Cancun will be directly affected.




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