Mérida is the capital city of the Mexican State of Yucatan, its largest city, as well as Yucatan Peninsula’s largest city. Located to the northwest of Yucatan, Mérida falls in proximity to the Gulf of Mexico
and is currently the seat of Mérida Municipality. Registered as one of the most populated cities in Mexico, Mérida records the highest percentage of residents on indigenous origins and has influences from Mayan, French, Lebanese, Spanish, British, and Dutch influences.
Mérida is home to a blend of varying indigenous influences that have built the incredible heritage of the city. Some of the attractive architectures in Mérida include the iconic Independence Plaza that is the focal point of the city, the majestic Mérida Cathedral, the all-white Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, and the ever-beautiful Casa de Montejo. On top of these, several museums holding unique artifacts and masterpieces around the city teach a thing or two about Mérida and its history.
Mérida has an exciting entertainment life, complete with fun activities to do both indoors and outdoors, topped up with fantastic eating joints around town as well as discotheques and clubhouses for the beautiful nightlife.
Mérida experiences a tropical climate that is classified as Köppen Aw. The weather is typical of two significant seasons: wet and dry. The temperature is high and steady all year round during the day and mildly cold during the nights, with minimal variations registered. The hot climate is attributed to the location of the city in the inland, its moderately lower elevation, and its placement within the trade wind belt and proximity to the Tropic of Cancer. The rainy weather is mostly influenced by the monsoons, causing tropical easterly waves and storms in the process.
The rainy season kicks in from June
and extends through October
. Mérida receives most of its rainfall during this period with an average of thirteen rainfall days per month. The rainiest month happens to be September
when the rain gauge collects 183.1mm (7.2") in precipitation. During the rainy season, the average rainfall does not drop less than 125mm (4.9") on average. The sun, however, shines on for up to seven hours per day to keep the days warmer even with the rains.
The dry season runs from November
, and it is characterized by mild showers of rainfall, albeit very minimal. March
receive the least amount of rainfall in the year, with both averaging 23.5mm (0.9") in precipitation across an average of three and a half rainfall days each in both months. The dry season experiences a slight drop in the average sunshine hours per day to six, but the weather remains warm since the temperature remains high.
Traveling to the city happens all year round due to the favorable conditions - the average high temperature in Mérida across the year is 33.6°C (92.5°F), and during the night it drops to 20.1°C (68.2°F). Snowfall is rare in Mérida as there are no extremely low-temperature recordings. The humidity, however, remains high at an average of 70%.
The peak of the travel season falls between December
and also between July
, during which there are many holidays and events to be celebrated, like the Mérida Festival in January and the famous Carnaval festival.