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What is the climate like in Chile?

The climate of Chile has an average yearly temperature of 20°C. Throughout the year, the average monthly temperature can drop to 12°C and rise to 28°C.

Annually, about 890 mm of rain falls. This gives a good overview of how much rain to expect in Chile. Additionally, about 39 cm of snow falls each year.

The best time to visit Chile is January until April and October until December. During this period, you will experience pleasant temperatures and not too much rain, making it ideal to visit Chile.

Temperature 12 to 28°C
Rain 890 mm
Snow 39 cm

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It's cold in Santiago in August, but rarely below, 10 degree... more

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The climate of Chile
  • Average yearly temperature: 20°C
  • Highest temperature: 28°C in January
  • Lowest temperature: 12°C in June and July
  • Precipitation: 890 mm per year, averaging 74 mm by month
  • Driest months: 5,4 mm in February, 12 mm in December and 16 mm in March
  • Wettest months: 200 mm in June, 171 mm in August and 145 mm in July
  • Snowfall: 39 cm per year

Climate table Chile

The climate table for Chile shows the average temperatures, precipitation, snowfall, and UV index by month.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daytime temperature (°C) 28 27 25 20 16 12 12 14 16 19 23 27
Nighttime temperature (°C) 12 12 10 7 6 3 3 4 4 6 8 11
Precipitation (mm) 20 5,4 16 61 90 200 145 171 88 49 32 12
Snowfall (cm) 0 0 0 0 0,2 15 6,9 9,3 6,5 0,5 0 0
UV Index 10 10 9 7 5 4 4 5 7 9 9 10
Best month Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes Yes Yes

Temperature by month in Chile

This graph shows the average high temperatures in degrees Celsius for each month in Chile

Temperature by month in Chile

Precipitation by month in Chile

This graph shows the average monthly precipitation in millimeters in Chile.

Precipitation by month in Chile

Snowfall by month in Chile

This graph shows the average snowfall in centimeters by month in Chile.

Snowfall by month in Chile

UV index by month in Chile

This graph shows the average UV index by month in Chile.

UV index by month in Chile

Yearly temperature in Chile

This graph shows the average yearly temperature in Chile, measured in degrees Celsius.

Yearly temperature in Chile

Yearly total precipitation in Chile

This graph shows the average yearly precipitation in millimeters in Chile.

Precipitation per year in Chile

Yearly snowfall in Chile

This graph shows the average yearly snowfall in Chile, measured in centimeters.

Snowfall per year in Chile

Best time to visit Chile

Chile, a country that stretches more than 4,300 kilometers from north to south, offers an amazing diversity of climates, ranging from the world's driest desert in the north to temperate rainforests in the south.

The diversity of Chile's climate

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Chile's geography and topography play a crucial role in its wide variety of weather conditions. In the north lies the Atacama Desert, known as the driest place on earth, where some areas have not seen rain for centuries. Here annual precipitation varies between 200 and 500 mm, but in some parts even less than that falls, while the area enjoys about 2,200 hours of sunshine per year.

Central Chile, with cities such as Santiago and Valparaíso, enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. This area is ideal for agriculture, including vineyards that produce some of the best wines in the world.

Southern Chile, including regions such as Patagonia, has a cooler climate with more precipitation, contributing to lush green landscapes and vast forests. The weather here can be unpredictable, with cold winters and moderate summers.

Climate averages and extremes

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The average annual temperature for Chile is 19°C, with average daily temperatures ranging between 11 and 26 degrees Celsius. The coldest month is July, with an average temperature of 11 degrees Celsius, while January is the warmest month with averages around 26 degrees Celsius.

The country has an average of 316 dry days per year, with an average humidity of 45% and a UV index of 4, contributing to the unique biodiversity and diverse ecosystems found in the country.

The impact of climate change

Climate change poses a growing threat to Chile's diverse ecosystems. From melting glaciers in Patagonia to longer droughts in the Atacama Desert, the effects are being felt all over the country. These changes affect not only natural habitats, but also the agriculture, water supply and way of life of local people.

Weather experiences in Chile

The weather in Chile is rated an average of 3,9 out of 5 stars by 14 visitors.

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Weather Experience: Moderate StarStarStar

It's cold in Santiago in August, but rarely below, 10 degrees during the day. It makes me laugh when I see people wearing hats and furs. This is strange for a European. We wear warm "sheepskins" when it's freezing.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Excellent StarStarStarStarStar

For sun lovers, this is definitely a 5 star resort. This is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the summer.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Good StarStarStarStar

It was early spring, so it was a bit chilly at times, between 10 and 20 degrees, but generally favorable for outdoor activities. Some rain fell here and there, but nothing to worry about.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Good StarStarStarStar

The temperature was low but bearable. The sunrise and sunset were incredibly beautiful. Don't wait for the sun's rays. A visit to the thermal baths is a must!— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Good StarStarStarStar

The days were mostly sunny with only a few moments of rain. The sea was invitingly cool. I simply missed the intense summer heat.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Excellent StarStarStarStarStar

February in Chile was just great. High temperatures of 25 to 30 degrees, constant sunshine and cool breezes. Ideal for a vacation on the coast or to enjoy the city life of Santiago. No rain in sight!— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Good StarStarStarStar

August is winter in Chile, when there is enough snow for winter sports and skiing. Temperatures range between -1°C and 7°C. The sun rarely shows itself and it can be quite cold. Not ideal for sun worshippers.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Poor StarStar

We saw both rain and sunshine, canceling some of our planned outdoor activities. It was not an ideal time for a beach vacation.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Good StarStarStarStar

October was a great time to visit Chile. Excellent spring temperatures, pleasant for both sightseeing and hiking. Unfortunately, we had cloudy days with less sunshine.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Excellent StarStarStarStarStar

It was winter and there was a lot of snow, which was perfect for experiencing all the beauty the country has to offer at this time of year. Definitely recommended for winter sports enthusiasts!— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Good StarStarStarStar

November brought Chile a combination of sunshine and sporadic rain. Ideal for an adventure vacation, the weather was mostly pleasant, but be sure to bring an umbrella.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Good StarStarStarStar

Air temperatures were moderate, averaging around 20 degrees. Unexpected rain, but overall a good summer.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Good StarStarStarStar

The coast was too cool for swimming, but perfect for sightseeing. No heavy rains and mostly sunny days.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Poor StarStar

Drove from Chaitén to Puyuhuapi today (Nov 29). Rain all day. Heavy rain in the evening. Forecast for tomorrow and the day after in Puyuhuapi every hour from 0.5 (drizzle) to 4.5mm per hour!— This text has been automatically translated into English

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Average weather in Chile by month

Click on a month below to see in detail how the weather typically is in Chile and what to expect. Based on the historical weather data of Chile, you can view the average temperature, precipitation, wind, and UV index for each day of the month.

Islands in Chile