Chile weather

Read our complete guide to the weather in Chile.

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The weather guide for Chile (Santiago) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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Chile weather overview

Chile, which spans more than 2,500 miles from north to south, is a long, narrow, rugged country with a range of climatic conditions to match its varied topography. Its north lies in the Atacama coastal desert which, although one of the world's driest regions, experiences a lot of cloud and mist. This obscures the sun and prevents the permanently high temperatures becoming excessive.

The spine of the mighty Andes runs down Chile's eastern borders and its northern range has a typical mountain climate of crisp, thin air and light rainfall with permanent snow and ice on its higher reaches.

Most of the population (not surprisingly) is based in the lowlands of central Chile which has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers (November to March) and mild, rainy winters. The winter months can bring frost and snow inland but this rarely affects the coast. This is a sunny region in the summer, clocking up an average of 10 hours of daily sunshine.

The Southern Andes is a region of much heavier snow and rainfall: snow can occur almost down to sea level. The wettest part of Chile is its south which has a cool maritime climate and rainfall throughout the year. Summers are cool, cloudy and changeable while winters vary from fairly mild in more northerly districts, to very cold in the deep south.

What to pack for Chile weather

Pack light cotton clothes for visits to northern and Central Chile with warmer supplements for central Chilean winters. Take much heavier clothing for visits down south (especially in winter) and for trips up into the Andes. Go prepared for rain at any time if you are visiting the south or going to central Chile in the winter months (May to September).

More about Chile

Which is the hottest month in Chile?

The hottest time of year in Santiago, Chile is normally January. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 26°C with moderate heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Chile?

In terms of rainfall, July is usually the wettest month in Santiago, Chile with 92mm on average. There are normally 4 days in July with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Chile?

The sunniest time of year in Santiago, Chile is normally January with bright sunshine on average for 75% of daylight hours; that's 11 hours of sunshine per day.

What is the flight time to Chile from the UK?

The flight time to Chile from the UK is typically 15.5 hours.

What is the time difference between Chile and the UK?

The time difference between Chile and the UK is GMT-3 to GMT-6 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Chile?

The main language spoken in Chile is Spanish.

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What is the currency in Chile?

The currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP).

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Which plugs are used in Chile?

Chile uses electrical plug type C + L (220 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Chile?

They drive on the right side of the road in Chile.

Compare Chile weather with the USA

Below the Chile weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for Chile (Santiago) and the USA (Washington).

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