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summer time weather

I want to go to puerto vallarta in July. I am not concerned about the heat but see that it is the raining season. Can I expect days of rain or just occasional passing showers?

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1. Re: summer time weather

I was in PV the entire month of July last year. (Well, from early July to early August). I took notes on the rain. It didn't rain too much until the BIG ONE on July 17 and then it rained dramatically for a few days and my place flooded. The whole town flooded that week-end. The people who tried to make it to the board meeting that night will remember that flood.

Later in the month, some of my friends' places also got flooded. More heavy rain.

For the rest of the month, it rained most days but skipped 3 or 4 days (not in a row). In the past (several trips from August to October), I was used to the gathering clouds in the afternoon and rain around 6-ish or so, fading by the morning. July, 2010 wasn't one of those years.

I found (last year) that it was impossible to predict when the rain would start. Didn't seem to be on a pattern. Some days I would head to school at 9:30am and it was still raining from the night before and then it would stop during the day and start up again by 2pm. Fortunately I had an umbrella --- and used it. First time in decades needing an umbrella in PV.

The answer to your question is that last July did not follow the standard pattern of the rainy season (some days did but many didn't) --- but, then again, the weather has been unpredictable almost everywhere. This next July might be totally different.

I still had a good time though and I felt (as did most of the locals I was with) that it was a cooler July than most years. It was tolerable, though very humid. I just got used to being wet but at least it was not blisteringly hot.

Just make sure you have air-conditioning. Not having A/C for the first 3 weeks of my month was a big problem for me.

Good luck. Don't let it stop you from coming on down. I wouldn't.

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I rememer that huge rain July 17th too. We almost swam from Plaza Mar to get Indian take out but it was a lot of fun. We loved it down there last July 11 - 21.

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First, I totally agree with my friend MarlySF that air conditioning,at least in the bedroom, is a real must for the summer (except for people used to tropical climates).

But overall, it's beautiful in the summer in Vallarta! Warm and usually calm ocean water, very tropical, and not by any means rain all day.

I love the summers in Mexico! And we are always here in the summers. Love it. But I agree, unless you are used to tropical climates, you do need air conditioning available, unless you are in a place with a very strong ocean breeze. It can get very hot and sultry. And sometimes you get torrential rains, followed by bright sun. Then more torrential rains. But never rain, rain, rain all day long. Unless there is an unusual disturbance off the coast (which only lasts a few days and is not typical).

Edited: 08 February 2011, 04:27
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I knew you would, Qtoo. So will bezerk.

That was the week-end that it rained so hard, I couldn't leave my place up on mountain goat hill (Calle Brasil, between Argentina and Venezuela) for 4 days. Almost ran out of food. Whew, that was a good one!

A week or so later, I went out to see some friends in the Marina and my buddy told me he and a friend had driven down to the Malecon that night and the water was coming down so hard and fast that it hit the wall on the Malecon with such force that it looked like major crashing waves. He and his friend fled to a safe place (some places around town were designated that way, he told me) and ended up in the Costco parking lot in a flood. They were trapped in the car until someone from Costco came out with a huge umbrella and escorted them into the store for protection.

Quite the story. He's lived in PV for 7 years and said he had never seen anything like it.

So ---- is that a good excuse for not making it to the board meeting that night? ;=))

I hope we're not scaring the OP as that is a rare occurrence. It was beautiful to watch though, right? There were many nice wet moments last July. Made for some good photography also. I got some great shots of wet, dark streets in my little colonia.

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That is a good story and a very good excuse. :D I think that is way we chose not to go to the meeting as well, I was so bummed as I wanted to met you and Bezerk

I have to say that that summer trip has been my favourite trip yet or at least in the top two. And yes you and Carey are right, AC is a must

<---usually hates AC but last summer I love it.

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6. Re: summer time weather

It's not unusual to have torrential rains, floods, blackouts in the summer.

I can remember times when Cafe des Artistes had only candles because of power blackouts.

Was last summer unusual?

No, at least not in my 11 years from being there. But, hey, that's the fun. the adventure. Always have candles, flashlights, gas and electric., water. Lots of backup. systems in place.

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I love the rainy season, over the dusty season, every time. It's so dramatic !

Very seldom will it rain all day, when it does it's very light, usually we get downpours (it's the Tropics) late afternoon or at night. I've been caught in it and, yes, get soaked, but at least it's just water and NOT cold !

I've never used AC here either.

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I like PV in the summertime. It has a bit different atmosphere than during 'high season'. Feels a bit more local less touristy. I've been down 3 times in June. Usually had no rain, or just passing showers over night. One trip it did rain for 5 days pretty much straight on, streets flooding, etc. I do like AC in the room for sleeping because I'm simply not used to that degree of humidity and heat. -suze

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I've been in both July and August, and they were two of the best trips I've ever had.

Green, lush, and we always had plenty of sunshine between the dramatic thunderstorms (best free entertainment anywhere).

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10. Re: summer time weather

I too very much enjoy the summer time - heat doesn't bother me - coming from TX - it's actually cooler by the beach than at home - lol.

Secondly, I enjoy the lower airfares and room rates, thirdly, I very much prefer the types of tourists that are visiting at that time, and few crowds.

We have been very fortunate to never have a summer vacation rained out there - occasional storms in the late afternoon/ happy hour time that are beautiful to watch and cool things off. We stay in the Marina area and you can see the clouds building up over the mountains and most of the locals can tell you precisely what time the rain will make it over to us.

Have fun planning your trip.