Peru weather

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Below are the temperatures expected today at popular destinations in Peru. Select a destination to compare today's forecast with average weather conditions.

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The weather guide for Peru (Lima) 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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Peru weather overview

Peru is a large country, twice the size of France, with a long, narrow Pacific coastal plain, the high Andes mountains - which include a substantial area of high plateau - in its interior and a region of low-lying rainforest in the Amazon Basin.

The coastal plain, which has Lima at its centre, has a desert-like climate with just minimal rainfall throughout the year. Here the cold offshore Humboldt Current plays a key role by producing a lot of cloud and mist which obscures the sun and prevents temperatures from rising.

In the mountains, it's a different story: temperatures drop lower the higher up you go. The slopes of the Andes are semi-tropical but, on higher ground, night time temperatures can be extremely cold and frosts are frequent during the dry season. The high peaks are permanently snow-capped.

On the Andean plateau, rainfall is low and occurs mainly from December to March. The two main hazards you'll encounter here are altitude sickness and sunburn: the air is very thin at 3,000m (10,000ft), so you should be prepared to acclimatise slowly.

The lowlands to the east of the Andes have a hot, steamy equatorial climate with a single heavy rainy season from November to February when temperatures are highest.

What to pack for Peru weather

Pack light cotton clothing plus rainwear for the Amazon Basin, warmer clothes for the evenings and winters on the coast and much warmer clothing for the mountains.

Which is the hottest month in Peru?

The hottest time of year in Lima, Peru is normally February. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 27°C with moderate heat and humidity.

Does it ever rain in Peru?

It never rains much in Lima, Peru but August usually has the most rain with an average of 3mm. There are normally 2 days in August with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Peru?

The sunniest time of year in Lima, Peru is normally April with bright sunshine on average for 59% of daylight hours; that's 7 hours of sunshine per day.

When is the sea warmest in Peru?

The sea is usually at its warmest in Lima, Peru in February when the water temperature reaches 21°C.

What is the time difference between Peru and the UK?

The time difference between Peru and the UK is GMT-5 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Peru?

The main language spoken in Peru is Spanish.

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What is the currency in Peru?

The currency in Peru is the Peruvian Sol (PEN).

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Which plugs are used in Peru?

Peru uses electrical plug type A + B + C (220 Volts).

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

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

Compare Peru weather with the USA

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

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