If you love the heat, you will love La Paz. This is where desert meets ocean.
The area has two distinct seasons. Summers are five months long, can be extremely hot and sometimes muggy. Summer evenings bring Coromuel winds that have some cooling effect. The winds are created when the cool marine air from the Pacific side of the peninsula is drawn over the desert to the relatively warmer side of the Sea of Cortez, also referred to as the Gulf of California. It only occurs in the La Paz area because it is the only place on the peninsula that does not have a spine of mountains blocking the air flow. The sea also helps moderate the afternoon heat.
The average high in January is about 75 F but soars to nearly 98 F in July. The average low in January is about 52 F, jumping to 73 F in July. The winters are short, comfortable and dry. The hottest part of the day is the mid-to-late afternoon when, during the summer rainy season, temperatures can hit the upper 90s or sometimes exceed 100 F.
The rainy season is in the summer from June to October, producing an average of less than seven inches of rain per year. During these months the humidity is very high. Winter is usually from the end of November to the end of February.
Cloud cover varies greatly during the year. The clearest days are in the spring, in the two months just before the rainy season. In April, there is zero chance of any significant precipitation. The cloudiest month is August, in the middle of the rainy season, with partial or complete cloud cover about 70 percent of the time. The wettest month is August. Winds tend to be from the west from March to October and from the north from October to March.
Water temperatures allow for swimming year-round. In the winter, the sea is about 70 F and in the summer and fall about 84 F. Water visibility is around 100 feet.
The southern Baja peninsula is subject to hurricanes with the season extending mid-May to the end of November. La Paz is afforded some protection as it is on the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula. The last deadly storm to hit the peninsula was Hurricane Odile in 2016.
The area can experience earthquakes from time to time, but most of Baja’s notable quakes occur in the north of the peninsula.