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Chuck Bolotin of Best Mexico Movers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
View of Lake Chapala, MexicoMost people will tell you that “High Season” in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area is from October or November through about April, with “Low Season” encompassing the “Rainy Season”, which usually runs from about June to about late September.
 
On account of this and without knowing anything more, before I moved here, I believed that the Rainy Season would be something that I would want to avoid.  It turns out, at least for me, that the Rainy Season is the best time of the year for two reasons: 1) Low Season has fewer people (I believe more because of the relatively better weather “back home, which causes the Snowbirds to leave; and, 2) everything is so green and fresh.
 
My misunderstanding of the Rainy Season was that it would rain all day, for days on end.  This is completely not true.  The average monthly rainfall in the wettest month (July) is about 10 inches (about a third of an inch a day) and almost all of it falls at night.  Very, very, very rarely does it rain all day or in any way does the rain significantly alter any of your plans or ability to do what you would like.  If there is rain during the day, usually it is of very short duration, and then it is dry again.  Total rainfall for the year is less than 35 inches.  (For comparison, the average yearly rainfall in San Francisco is 24 inches and New York City is 45 inches.)
 
During the Rainy Season it is not at all unusual to see waterfalls from the main road and little creeks everywhere.  It’s quite beautiful.
 
In the year (the Dry Season), it will very rarely rain, even an inch.
 
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Satellite photo of Lake Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe rainy here in Chapala and Ajijic starts around mid-June and finishes in September or October. We usually have the last rain towards the end of September or the first week of October and then it starts getting colder until around February. Sometimes we get rain in March even if it’s not rainy season. Those unexpected downpours are beneficial in making the place a little bit cooler during the dry season, so we like it.
 
The nice thing here in Chapala and Ajijic is that it rains more at night than during the day. It is usually sunny in the morning. You may get 3 inches of rain at night and the next day, it’s sunny and dry so the rain doesn’t really affect anything other than making the trees look great.
 
We seem to be getting more rain now than before. Years ago, you could take a bus and not see the lake. You would think that it would disappear in a few more years but now, the water level in the lake has improved. They have also built dams around the lake to make sure that the water stays.  
 
(Satellite photo of Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)
Richard Tingen of Coldwell Banker Chapala Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The green hills around Lake Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe rainy season here in Chapala and Ajijic starts on the 13th of June, which is San Antonio Day. It sounds funny but quite often, it actually does rain on the 13th of June.  The rainy season extends to the 15th October.  During that time, we generally get 39 to 40 inches of rain. 
 
This year, we had rains during the day but that is very unusual. Usually, the rains come at night at two in the morning and maybe it rains half an inch or an inch of rain and then it goes away and the sun comes out at 7 in the morning.  90% of our rains are during the very early morning or late evening. Usually, the rains don’t affect our day-to-day life at all. 
 
Starting around the 15th of October the mountains start to turn brown and starting around the 1st of July, they’re as green as they can be, which is beautiful. 
 
The humidity here is very low during both seasons. I think if we could check the humidity today it would be a fair check because of rain but you’re looking at between 40% and 50% humidity at the worst.  It’ the world’s best climate.  
 
(The green hills around Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)
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El Malcon, or the boardwalk after a rain at Lake Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe rainy season in Chapala and Ajijic tends to start near June and it lasts until mid-August. It tends to rain for about an hour to two hours a day and then it clears up. I know that there are some websites here where you can get information about the weather.
 
People here monitor the weather conditions because they want to keep an eye on the level of Lake Chapala. It is important because the whole Guadalajara area gets its water supply from Lake Chapala. It’s all a matter of conservation. They want to keep the lake level pretty high. 
 
The rain here in Chapala doesn’t really alter your day too much. It’s not like a monsoon like in Southeast Asia or in the Amazon where it rains constantly. Here in Chapala and Ajijic, you can count on a couple of hours of some heavy rains usually in the afternoon and then it goes away. If it’s not the rainy season, it rains sporadically.
 
(The malecon, or the boardwalk after a rain at Lake Chapala, Mexico, pictured.)

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