The climate of Patagonia (Argentina)
The area below the 41st degree of latitude as far as the most southern
tip of South America is referred to as Patagonia. The area is divided
over two countries: Argentina and Chile. Patagonia has 5 provinces: La
Pampa, Chubut, Rio Negro, Neuquén, Santa Cruz and Terra del Fuego; the
South Atlantic Islands Antarctica and the most southern tip of Chile.
The area covers a surface of more than 1 million square kilometers.
The western part of Patagonia lies in the foothills of the Andes
mountain range. This mountain range stretches out over the entire
area. Patagonia is one of the most special tourist destinations in
South America. The untouched and vast emptiness in combination with
the overwhelming scenery make this a unique destination. In the
glacier park of Los Glaciares you can witness the slow crumbling away
of the Perito Moreno glacier. This glacier slowly slides from the
Andes into Lago Argentino. In Peninsula Valdéz you can spot penguins,
elephant seals and sea lions. When you take a boat trip here you can
even spot whales. The most southern tip of Patagonia is also referred
to as Terra del Feugo (Land of Fire). This is an area covered with
forests and lakes. An ideal area for bird spotting. Many endangered
bird species live here. This reserve is mainly known for its three
typical granite rocks, glaciers and beautiful forests.
The climate of Patagonia can be divided into three types: a moderate
sea climate, a cold sea climate and an ice climate. The areas east of
the Andes mountain range lie in the leeward side of this mountain
range and consequently are very dry. This is mainly a tundra area. The
more southern parts on the western side have a moderate sea climate.
The further south you travel the colder it gets. The most southern tip
has a cold sea climate and an Arctic climate. Summers are cold here as
well, this also causes the glaciers to melt slowly.
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records.
They are an average for Patagonia:
Please, note that local deviations may occur
More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but don’t present a general impression
of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain
period. The figures don’t always reflect the chance of wintry weather,
extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate
information for each month of the year:
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