Best Weather in the World? Well the Second!
Two weeks ago I went to visit my cousins in Chicago. What was I thinking? Definitely not about the weather. Just spending a nice weekend with family, which I did.
Everything seemed to be perfect for them. It was snowing a bit and they thought the weather was fine. They said a few days before it had been very cold. Actually I didn’t understand why they said that the weather was fine, if I was freezing while walking around town.
Finally I went back home, one day before a huge blizzard hit, which paralyzed the city of Chicago, along with the entire East Coast.
The truth is I do not think much about the weather, living in Ajijic. It’s not something you think about. But, after being in the extreme weather conditions that I was, I truly began to appreciate the great weather we have here lakeside.
It is said that National Geographic designated the weather along Lake Chapala’s north shore as the second best weather in the world, right after Capetown. The people who live here agree.
The winter here is very special because even when it is cold, it is only in the mornings and evenings. And that’s if you consider 50 degrees Fahrenheit to be cold. During the day, the temperature averages around 70 degrees. Of course, there are days when we get a cool wind off the lake that might drop the temperature to the mid-60s but the sun is always there to keep us warm.
Now that we are in mid-February, the temperature starts to rise. You can start to store your long sleeve shirts and pants and start taking out your shorts, tee shirts and flip flops.
By March, we are starting to hit 80 degrees during the day and the high 60s in the evening. I usually go for long walks in the morning and, in the evenings, watch the sunrise and sunset with my two dogs, Sam and Lilly. During the day, I start to see the parks and swimming pools fill up.
April and May are the warmest months in this part of Mexico and we average temperatures in the upper 80s. The trees and flowers are filled with lively colors and the days are so clear, the reflection on the lake is indescribable. This is when we say goodbye to our snow birds.
The summer months are my favorite. This is the beginning of the rainy season. The most amazing part about this time of the year is that the days ares sunny and warm, averaging in the mid- to low 80s, In the early evening, we get spectacular rains that transform the landscape into all kids of shades of green.
With this balance of moisture and sun, our plant life is vibrant and full of beautiful fragrances and colors. Many people wait for this time of year to take the 20-minute walk from the center of Ajijic up the mountain to bathe or just enjoy the sounds of the waterfalls from the previous night’s rains. I claim it to be the best weather anywhere.
October welcomes our fall season and the start of the dry season. This is when our snowbirds return seeking refuge Lake Chapala’s land of eternal spring. The hills are still filled with life. Thousands of flowers painted yellow, purple and orange fill the mountain side with color as we prepare for another beautiful winter.
During November and December, although the weather is getting cooler, you can still wear shorts to enjoy a great day of golf or hiking as we slowly say goodbye to the 80s and welcome the 70s. Most people start using their fireplaces around this time of year to cozy up with their friends and loved ones.
As I said before, I don’t think much about the weather, living in Ajijic. It’s not something you think about.