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The climate of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (United Kingdom)
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are located in the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean and is under the administration of the Falkland Islands. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are a part of the Scotia Arc which connects the Andes with the Antarctic peninsula. South Georgia consists of 8 islands and several rock formations. The South Sandwich Islands consist of 13 islands, several of which can be seen as island groups. The archipelago that is part of South Georgia was the reason for the Falkland war between the United Kingdom and Argentina in 1982. Political fencing led to a war which caused 1,000 casualties and several sunken ships. Nowadays the islands are uninhabited. However, a few researchers are stationed on the islands, but not permanently. Grytviken is a small settlement with a church and a small harbor. On Bird Island a research station can be found. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands have a tundra climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is mildest in the northern part of the island because the southerly winds of the South Pole have the least influence here. In short: the climate is cold with temperatures always around freezing point and even lower on the south side. Most precipitation falls in the form of snow.


Climate figures
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 7 1 3 28 3
February 8 1 2 19 3
March 7 0 2 21 3
April 4 -2 1 19 3
May 2 -4 1 18 2
June 1 -5 1 18 1
July 0 -6 1 18 1
August 1 -5 2 16 0
September 3 -4 2 17 0
October 4 -2 2 22 0
November 5 -1 3 26 1
December 6 0 3 28 2
= 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 tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time. How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate information per month. The figures below are for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Please, note that local deviations may occur.

chance of
(very) hot


chance of
(very) cool
chance of

chance of
chance of
sunny days


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