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The climate of Chile
Chile is a long-drawn country in the south-west of the continent of South America. With a length of of approximately four-and-a-half thousand kilometers Chile is the longest country in the world. Chile is situated along the Andes mountains: the west is costal area along the Pacific and the east is the western half of the Andes, which in the south almost imperceptibly changes into Tierra del Fuego, an archipelago with a cool maritime climate (type Cfc according to the Koeppen climate classification), Where the weather is for only few people inviting enough to settle here permanently. More to the north Chile shows a transition to respectively a moderate maritime climate, a moderate Mediterranean climate, a cold steppe climate and a cold desert climate. The outermost north-western tip has, based on an average annual temperature, a warm desert climate. The most elevated sites in the Andes have a high mountain climate (type EH), with which the temperature is below freezing-point almost the entire year and on the mountaintops there is everlasting snow.


Climate information of places and areas in Chile
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific information about weather and climate can be found on the climate pages per area or town. As for Chile the following climate information is available:

Easter Island
La Serena
Puerto Montt
Punta Arenas
Tierra del Fuego

4 seasons
Chile has four seasons, which are opposite to our seasons. This is due to the fact that Chile lies on the southern hemisphere. The summer lasts from December up to and including February, the autumn from March up to and including May, the winter from June up to and including August and the spring from September up to and including November. The differences within the seasons are characterized by on the one hand the differences in temperature, on the other by the amount of precipitation. The winter is the wet season, particularly in the south of Chile, the summer is the drier period. The total amount of precipitation varies enormously in Chile. Thus in Valdivia, situated in Central Chile, ample 2700 millimeters of rain is registered yearly, whereas Iquique has to be content with a yearly amount of only 0,3 millimeters, with which this town, situated in the north of Chile, is extremely dry. Right down in the south, in Tierra del Fuego, the amount of precipitation decreases compared with the wet part south of the capital of Santiago. The extreme south of Chile does not show differences worth speaking of with regard to the monthly amount of precipitation, but the temperatures do indicate the differences between the seasons.


Climate figures
Scattered over Chile you find different climate data and temperatures. The data in the table below go for the capital of Santiago and cannot be considered an average for the country. Visit the individual climate information pages for the climate data of other places in Chile.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 26 14 11 2 n/a
February 25 14 10 2 n/a
March 23 12 9 2 n/a
April 19 9 7 3 n/a
May 16 6 4 4 n/a
June 13 4 4 6 n/a
July 13 3 4 7 n/a
August 14 4 5 7 n/a
September 16 5 6 5 n/a
October 20 9 7 4 n/a
November 23 11 9 3 n/a
December 25 13 10 2 n/a
= 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 come in handy, but do not offer a complete impression of the climate and the possible weather circumstances within a certain period. How big the chance is of wintry weather, (extreme) heat or hurricanes cannot often be found in figures. Therefore we monthly offer useful extra climate information. The information below goes for the capital of Santiago. For information about particular areas and places in Chile please visit the specific climate pages of those places and/or areas.

chance of
(very) hot


chance of
(very) cool
chance of

chance of
chance of
sunny days


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