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The climate of Antofagasta (Chile)
Antofagasta is an important seaport town in the Atacama desert. The economy of the town is mainly based on the export of copper and of nitrite in the past. The mining industry occupies an important place inside this town. Antofagasta has a cold desert climate and its most important feature is that it practically never rains here. Antofagasta is one of the driest places of all in the world with an average amount of precipitation of approximately one millimeter a year. This climate is enhanced by two natural phenomena namely the Humbolt ocean current and the anticyclones that sweep the area. The Humbolt ocean current brings cold water from the southern polar seas and also causes waters from larger depths to be forced upwards. Owing to this the water is colder. Of course this also directly influences the temperature over land.
 

 

Climate information
The data below is based on registered weather data and applies to Antofagasta:

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January 23 16 8 6 22
February 24 16 8 7 22
March 22 15 8 5 21
April 21 13 8 3 20
May 19 12 7 2 19
June 17 10 7 1 17
July 17 10 7 1 16
August 17 10 8 1 16
September 18 11 8 2 16
October 19 12 9 2 17
November 20 13 9 3 18
December 23 15 9 4 20
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít 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:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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