Best time to visit Chile

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When is the best time to visit Chile?

The best time to visit Chile (Santiago) is January, February and December based on the following average weather conditions.

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Max Day Temperature (°C)

  • 26°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Chile (Santiago)26
  • 25°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Chile (Santiago)25
  • 23°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Chile (Santiago)23
  • 19°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Chile (Santiago)19
  • 16°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Chile (Santiago)16
  • 13°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Chile (Santiago)13
  • 13°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Chile (Santiago)13
  • 14°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Chile (Santiago)14
  • 16°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Chile (Santiago)16
  • 20°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Chile (Santiago)20
  • 23°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Chile (Santiago)23
  • 25°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Chile (Santiago)25

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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).

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.

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