The Climate in Chile
The climate in Chile is influenced by the different climatic zones. Chile’s exceptional length changes the climate to vary from very low precipitation in the north to a rainy climate in the south. The seasons are opposite to those in Europe, as Chile lies in the southern hemisphere. In general, January and February are the warmest months in Chile. The coldest time for Chile will be in July.
As varied as the climate is the landscape is just as varied in Chile. There are powerful mountain ranges such as the Andes, but there are also deserts and endless forests that characterize Chile’s breathtaking scenery. Another Famous landmark is Easter Island in the Pacific, which has its countless stone figures around which many legends have been built. In total, Chile stretches over 4,200 kilometres along the west coast of South America. The country is bordered to the north by Peru and Bolivia, to the west and south by Argentina.
Curious? Then learn more about spectacular Chile! Just below I’ll tell you when is the best travel time for Chile and what climate you can expect in the different regions.
Climate Data for Chile (Santiago de Chile)
|Max. Temperature in °C||29||28||27||23||18||15||15||16||18||22||25||28|
|Min. Temperature in °C||13||12||10||8||6||4||3||4||6||8||10||12|
|Hours of Sunshine Per Day||10||9||8||6||5||4||4||5||6||7||8||10|
|Rainy Days per Month||0||0||1||1||4||5||5||6||3||2||1||0|
When is the Best Time to Visit Chile?
Chile is a popular destination year-round. The best time to visit Chile depends on your route planning. Depending on whether you prefer to spend your holiday in the north or discover the national parks in the south of Chile, the best time to visit varies. In general, the months of October to December (spring to early summer) and April to mid-June (autumn to early winter) are considered the best time to visit for Chile. Chile’s north can always be visited all year round. The temperatures are largely stable. In January it will be here with 29 degrees warmest. The best travel time forSouth Chile is between December and March, the South American summer. The water temperature of the Pacific remains cool off the Chilean coast even in summer. In the north, the sea warms up to 21 degrees in February and cools down to 16 degrees in winter. In southern Chile, even in the summer months, the sea does not get warmer than 15 degrees Celsius. Nothing for chilblains!
Good to know:
- Between mid-December and February, many locals have holidays and like to travel through Chile. Hotels are often more expensive at this time and domestic flights are sold out quickly.
- In February, most of the Chilean festivals take places, such as the Semana Musical, the Fiesta de Candelario and Carnaval.
Climate Data for Northern Chile
|Max. Temperature in °C||26||26||25||23||21||19||19||18||19||21||22||24|
|Min. Temperature in °C||18||18||17||16||14||14||12||13||13||14||16||17|
|Hours of Sunshine per day||8||9||8||7||6||4||4||4||5||6||8||8|
|Water Temperature in °C||20||21||20||19||18||17||16||16||16||17||18||19|
|Rainy Days per Month||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Chile’s north can be toured all year round. The climate is characterized by the dryness and precipitation is extremely rare. in fact, the northern Atacama Desert is considered the driest place in the world. The daytime temperatures in the north are usually pleasantly mild, but at night the temperature can drop sharply. At up to 26 degrees, the months of January and February are the warmest. In February, you can also find up to nine hours of sunshine every day. In August, the thermometer does not rise higher than 18 degrees Celsius, the average minimum temperature is 13 degrees Celsius. The sun shines on average four hours a day during the winter months of June to August..
Climate, weather and best time to go to Central Chile and Santiago
In central Chile, including Chile’s capital Santiago, there is a Mediterranean climate. The summers are dry and warm. In winter, there are more rainy days, but this season is relatively mild. The months of May to August are considered the rainy season in central Chile. In January and February it is warmest in central Chile with an average high of 26 degrees Celsius. The summer has got generally very low precipitation. The months of November, March and April have only one rainy day per month. Between the months of December and March, there is very little rainfall. The South American summer is the perfect time to travel to Central Chile. With up to ten hours of sunshine, December and January are the perfect months to escape the winter.
South Chile: Weather – and Climate Data
|Max. Temperature in °C||23||23||21||17||13||11||11||12||14||17||18||21|
|Min. Temperature in °C||11||11||9||8||6||6||5||4||5||7||8||10|
|Hours of Sunshine per Day||8||8||7||4||2||2||2||3||4||4||6||7|
|Water temperature in °C||14||15||15||14||12||12||11||11||11||12||12||13|
|Rainy Days per Month||7||7||10||13||20||21||19||18||15||12||19||9|
The climate in the south is cooler and rainier than the rest of Chile. January and February are the warmest months in the Chilean south with a maximum temperature of 23 degrees. Often, however, the thermometer does not rise to over 16 degrees in the summer when you are in the deep south of the country. With eight hours of sunshine, the sun shines the longest in January and February. The darkest months are in June and July with two hours of sunshine per day. The winter is characterized by high rainfall, in June you can expect 21 rainy days. In the south of Chile there is a real paradise for outdoor lovers and hikers. Numerous national parks like the Torres del Paine lets adventurers hearts beat faster. The best time for a trip to the south of Chile is definitely in the summer months. Especially in the deep south, winter is often rough, wet and very cold. In addition, many trips in the winter temperatures do not take place.
The Highlights in Chile
Chile has many highlights to offer, with the best travel time depending on the geographical location. While the Atacama Desert can be visited year-round, Chile’s south is an interesting destination, especially in the South American summer.
The best time to visit the Easter Island is between October and March. The warmest time will be in January and February with up to 29 degrees Celsius. The remaining months on the Easter Islands are cooler and rainier, but less touristy. It rains most frequently in April and May with an average of 13 rainy days per month. It remains relatively dry in October and November with nine rainy days. The water temperature on Easter Island in March gets up to a pleasant 25 degrees, so the sea is much warmer than on Chile’s Pacific coast.
Patagonia in Chile and Argentina
Patagonia’s climate is significantly influenced by the Andes, as the best time to visit Patagonia is the South American summer. The western part of Patagonia is characterized by strong precipitation, east of the Andes it remains mostly dry. Typically in Patagonia, there is a strong and cool wind, which can occur all year round and throughout the region. The peak holiday season for Patagonia, including Torres del Paine National Park and Lake District, is in December, January and February. Bad weather conditions, heavy rain and low temperatures characterize the winter months.
The Atacama Desert
The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is suitable year-round as a tourist destination. However, the summer months of October to May are the most popular travel season with quite pleasant temperatures. In winter, temperatures drop to a harsh -20 degrees at night. Lagoons freeze and there are fewer animals to watch. The region is dry all year round, precipitation is very rare and it tends to happen mostly in the winter months.
Skiing in Chile
The best time for a ski holiday in Chile is between June and August, sometimes you can even get down the slopes until September. The ski resorts in Chile will make the heart of every winter sports fan beat faster. In total there are 18 ski resorts in Chile, the largest of which is El Colorado / Farellones with a slope length of 50 kilometers.
My conclusion on the best travel time for Chile
Chile is worth a trip whatever the season! South America is a great place for escaping winter. Especially the north which can be visited as a destination all year round. However, there is also the Easter Island and Central Chile attract which have some pretty mild temperatures. In the Chilean winter months, you should avoid the south for the most part, especially in Patagonia. The winter makes the weather conditions for many tours impossible. In winter, especially the many ski resorts attract winter sports enthusiasts to Chile. No matter what season, Chile will delight you with its unique landscape and culture!