Hey, amigos. I’m sorry for my lack of enthusiasm, but I am freezing my butt off in the middle of a Mexican winter. How is that possible? I’m in Mexico! Well, if you think it’s always sunny and warm here, you are dead wrong. In fact, I have quite a few good reasons to hate the wintertime. Fortunately I’ve also come up with some great ways to cope with this dreary season!

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As I type this, it’s the middle of winter in the heart of Mexico, and I am sitting in a room freezing my butt off. Yes, you read that right. It’s cold! Perhaps you picture sunny beaches when you think of Mexico, but obviously, the country is not one huge beach. Yes, it’s sunny and warm in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, but unfortunately, I do not live there. Yes, I know. I wish I was there right now.

Mexican Winter Blues

I live in the Mexico City area, which lies in a high valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains. During the winter, the city is routinely hit by numerous cold fronts, which turn the weather windy, cloudy, cold, and generally miserable. I admit it doesn’t get as cold as it does in other places, but it does get miserable. You see, the freezing weather brings several annoying problems to my daily routine, and I’ve had to come up with some clever solutions.

1. The weather gets crazy

This is my top pet peeve. During the evening, at night, and early in the morning, temperatures can go down to 30 degrees. Then, during the day, it can get somewhat warm, maybe 60 degrees. On crazy days, it can even go up to 70 degrees. But as soon as it gets dark, it drops back down to freezing. Worse, sometimes a cold wind will blow all day long so it will remain chilly even though it’s sunny outside. Or perhaps we’ll have a couple of days when it will be cloudy with a freezing rain all day long. Then, it’ll get back to 70 degrees. It’s crazy, I tell you!

My Solution

Grin and bear it. Obviously, you can’t do anything about the weather, but it helps to enjoy whatever the day brings you. Sunshine? Great! Rain? Bring it on!

Also, the best part about living in Mexico City is that, although we don’t get any snow, we are only a short drive away from places like these.

Paper snowflake
Snow doesn’t fall in my town, but I make my own!

2. Sniffle Season

It’s only logical that with all this crazy weather, people will get sick. Everyone gets sick! And I mean everyone. Wherever you go, there’s always someone coughing, sniffling, or sneezing. And it’s hard to fight it! Yes, we all start taking more vitamin C. And we bundle up (until it gets to 70 degrees again). But honestly, the sniffles are everywhere. I am sure at least one person in every Mexican household will catch a cold this season. Yes, I’m serious!

My Solution

I’ve taken on the habit of drinking warm lemon water every morning, and I haven’t caught a cold in two years! Now, if I could just get my husband and my kids to follow suit!

Winter jammies keep me warm

3. A Test Of Endurance

The main reason why Mexican people get sick so much during the winter is that we are always exposed to the cold. I know the weather is not that bad, but the problem is that there is no heating in homes. No heating. So, we have to ride out the winter with just one crummy electric heater. It may not sound like such a big deal since it doesn’t snow during the winter, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t chilly. To give you an idea, I’ve accidentally left milk out at night, and it doesn’t go bad. In fact, it’s still cold! Sometimes, it’s just as chilly indoors as it is outdoors. FYI, I am typing with cold, stiff hands.

My Solution

Wear sweaters or jackets indoors, sleep with two blankets, cook plenty of hot meals, drink hot beverages, and keep moving. Personally, I never miss a workout. That’s how I beat the cold!

How to enjoy mexican chocolate
Hot Mexican chocolate for a winter evening.

4. Freezing Chores

My other biggest pet peeve is that I have to do my chores in the cold weather. It’s a real downer! In this part of Mexico, dryers and dishwashers are not easily found. They are hard to find, expensive to buy, and even more costly to maintain. Therefore, I have to hang-dry the laundry and wash the dishes by hand. Sounds bad, right? Now, try to hang-dry laundry when it’s been cloudy and raining for days, or try to do the dishes by hand when the water is freezing cold. It’s pretty hellish.

My Solution

Wear rubber gloves when doing chores. As for drying the laundry, I make the most of sunny, windy days. But sometimes, when it’s been raining for days, I just have to turn an entire room into an indoor hang-dry space. Laundry as decor!

5. Wardrobe Issues

This looney weather drives me crazy because I never know what to wear. Like I said, the temperature can go from freezing to warm in a heartbeat. Or perhaps it will be raining one minute and sunny the next. But it can get even trickier. Some days, I need to wear thermals to go out in the morning, but by midday, I am sweating like a pig. Then, there’s also the issue of having to carry a coat everywhere in case you need it. My kids lose a jacket every season. It’s a nightmare!

My Solution

I find that it’s best to wear layers, so I put on a shirt, then a sweater, then a coat, and maybe a scarf and gloves. Then, I can just strip down or bundle up depending on how cold or warm it is. As for the kids losing their jackets, I have not found a solution to this. I am open to suggestions!

winter booties
Wintertime is bootie time!

If you’re thinking about wintering in Mexico, make sure you pick a place that has a nice, sunny beach. Oh, and please take me there with you. I can’t wait for the winter to be over! Just six more dreary weeks to go.

Do you enjoy the winter in your area? Leave a comment!


34 thoughts on “How To Survive A Crazy Mexican Winter

  1. OMG we just saw it was snowing on the way to Toluca! I was teasing to Jaime why he came aaaaall the way to Croatia to see the snow, when he could just take a highway to Toluca. It is completely crazy. Dress well!

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  2. Hi
    I am so sorry that you are cold and without heating. I live in a desert country which does get freezing cold during winter. Until I lived here, I never knew a country could get so cold. I have been to the US when it was really cold and to Switzerland when it was snowing but never has it felt so cold as in the desert. You get chilled to the bones. It is as if your blood freezes. What about the plants in this weather- the roses, petunias and other flowers ? What happens to them and to the birds, cats, dogs ?
    Where do you work out in this weather ?
    I can totally understand doing dishes in cold water. I wait until my hand gets used to the cold and then do the dishes. The reason I don’t use a dishwasher is we use heavy vessels for our cooking and our pots have a tendency to have a lot of grease and oil stuck to it, so hand washing is better than dishwasher washing.

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    1. Plants and animals seem to be just fine, I don’t think they have a problem, except with plants when there is a frost, they wither. I work out indoors, no problem. Fotunately, there are sunny days when we can get warm!

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  3. Winter is my favorite season. I love the fact that you can layer tons of clothing. I do understand though how annoying it could be where is freezing cold in the morning then it can get hot and then as soon as the sun goes down is freezing again. I was in Zacatecas, Mexico last year and that drove me crazy.

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  4. Great list! As an Australian living in Canada this is super useful for me. It is easy to stay inside and not feel motivated at all but it’s important to make the most of the daylight hours. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Warm lemon water every morning and you haven’t had a cold in two years?! SOLD. That’s a great morning ritual. I’m really thinking about doing that. Winter in Pittsburgh, PA is not fun. It gets pretty cold here. Today, the high was around 20 degrees and the low is 4. 😦

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  6. That is so cool! Not the weather, but getting a slice of your everyday life. I wouldn’t survive without a washer and dryer. Lately the kids are just crazy dirty!

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  7. Sounds like the windy craziness that goes on in Texas – but no heater?! And no dryer?! Oh my. You are one little tough cookie. I always dress in layers and mamas never have time for colds, right? And like you, wish the rest of the fam would follow suit!


  8. Wah! So I was wrong! In my region there were also like -17C. Brrr, cold. Haha, my apartment is also like some sort of indoors dryer. xD And wow! The heaters issue! Get an extra oneeee!

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  9. Many years ago I lived in Mexico City for a while! I was never as cold as I was that year during the night, morning and evenings. It was nice and warm during the day, but boy, when the temperature was going down to 30F outside, it was probably 40F in the house. And no heat, indeed. I was sleeping with the winter coat on me. I also had to go to work in the morning and take a shower, so imagine doing that in a freezing bathroom. The laundry situation was very tough also. I used to go to the Lavanderia and wash the clothes, but the drying part was expensive, so I used to carry the wet clothes in bags at home and dry them in my little patio…if it did not rain…I was not the only one doing that, I believe many locals did the same. It was really hard and I was not used to it, so I tend to not take for granted anymore the benefits of a dryer, a warm house in the winter and hot water. Great article!

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  10. Just found your site. Thanks for the great advice! We spend winters in Nayarit. It doesn’t get that cold here, but I still can’t help chuckling when I read this article. It was -36 degrees celsius (about -33 F) when we escaped Canada this year.

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  11. Thank you for the fun post, I’m shopping for a winter coat right now. Any suggestions which type will be sufficient for Mexican winter? Wool coat, down jacket, etc? on top of two layers of course. I see lots of Mexicans wearing puffs/down jackets but not sure where to get the real down jackets in Mexico City. Cheers!

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    1. Honestly, I don’t think a down jacket will be necessary. It gets cold, but not below freezing during the day. A wool coat should do just fine. Unless you plan to go somewhere with snow (like the north of Mexico, or the mountains), you don’t really need any special winter gear.


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