Seasons in Chile

The climate in Chile is very varied due to the fact that the length of the South American country of about four thousand kilometers (from north to south). For example, the northern part of Chile is characterized by desert climate with minimal rainfall (average temperature in the region is 15-200C). But in the south of the country amount of rainfall is ten times bigger and average temperature is lower for about ten degrees.

Geographical location Chile has a direct influence on the fact that there are not very rich fauna (after all, the Andes Mountains are a kind of barrier for the migrations of animals). The country is home to wolves, deer, chinchilla, llama and some other animals. As for the flora, in the southern part of country you can see the grassy steppes and in the northern there are jungles with laurel, pine and magnolia trees. The northernmost part is a desert with nothing but cacti and thorns.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Chile

(Chilean autumn)

By the time of springs awakening in Northern Hemisphere Chile meets autumn. Despite the fact that the fall in Chile is very similar to the spring, there are some specific differences between these two seasons. For example, in the south and north of the country weather can be completely different. Residents of northern part of country wear lightweight clothing and at the time people of southern part need to wear warmer clothing.

Easter Island worth special mentioning. Virtually all tourists are eager to visit it. May and April are differed by higher amount of rainfall while during the rest months this is not observed. There are few holidays in Chile at this time but Day of the Navy (May 21st) is widely celebrated.

The climate of the spring months

(Santiago)

March
Max average t°: +27 °C (80.6 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 4 mm (0.1")
April
Max average t°: +23 °C (73.4 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 14 mm (0.5")
May
Max average t°: +18 °C (64.4 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 60 mm (2.4")

Spring holidays

  • March 25th (2016): Good Friday.
  • March 26th (2016): Holy Saturday.
  • May 1st: Labour Day.
  • May 21st: Day of the Navy.
  • May 23rd: Corpus Christi.

Summer in Chile

(Chilean winter)

Winter in Chile is warm and the temperature at this time of year is about 100C. Main feature of winter is a big amount of rain which is several times bigger than in other seasons. Winter of south coast has one more feature. The weather there is foggy but temperature doesn’t drops much. This state of weather may last for significantly long time.

There are very few tourists in Chile during winter mostly because the fact that there are few holidays. There are only two noteworthy dates: Assumption which is celebrated on August 15 and the Day of Saints Peter and Paul at the end of June.

The climate of the summer months

(Santiago)

June
Max average t°: +14 °C (57.2 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 85 mm (3.3")
Jule
Max average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 75 mm (2.9")
August
Max average t°: +17 °C (62.6 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (39.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")


Summer holidays

  • June 7th: Battle of Arica.
  • June 27: Saint Peter and Saint Paul Day.
  • July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
  • August 15: Assumption of Mary.
  • August 20: Nativity of Liberator Bernardo O'Higgins.

Autumn in Chile

(Chilean spring)

Spring in the country begins in September and ends in November. The climatic conditions in autumn and spring in Chile are almost identical. For example the average temperature is about 20 degrees in September, from 20 to 24 degrees in October and about 26 in November.

Both locals and visitors of country are looking forward for spring in Chile because winter has many rainfalls and in September, their amount significantly decreases. At this time country celebrates many holidays among which there is Day of military forces, Halloween and of course Independence Day.

The climate of the autumn months

(Santiago)

September
Max average t°: +19 °C (66.2 °F)
Min average t°: +6 °C (42.8 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 30 mm (1.2")
October
Max average t°: +22 °C (71.6 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44.6°F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 15 mm (0.6")
November
Max average t°: +26°C (78.8 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 6 mm (0.2")

Autumn holidays

  • September 18: National holiday.
  • September 19: Day of military forces (Army Day).
  • October 10: Columbus Day.
  • October 23: Municipal Elections.
  • October 31: Reformation Day.
  • November: All Saints.

Winter in Chile

(Chilean winter)

Since the country is located in the Southern Hemisphere, the summer here starts in December. This time of year in Chile has stable average temperature about 250C (except northern part of country). Therefore, the weather attracts many tourists who seek the ability to visit Chile in January and February. Dry and sunny summer is cool in the evening, when the temperature drops sharply when compared to daytime.

In the summer temperature of water in the ocean stays around 18 degrees above zero, which allows tourists to enjoy swimming and having a good time on the coasts. At December 8 Chileans are celebrating the Day of the Immaculate Conception; December 25 is the Christmas Day and January 1 stand for New Year. We should also mention a large variety of festivals that take place in the country, for example, the folklore festival or festival of classical music.

The climate of the winter months

(Santiago)

December
Max average t°: +28 °C (82.4 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (51.8 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 4 mm (0.1")
January
Max average t°: +29 °C (84.2 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (53.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 2 mm (0.08")
February
Max average t°: +28 °C (82.4 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (51.8 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 3 mm (0.1")

Winter holidays

  • December 8: Immaculate Conception.
  • December 25: Christmas Day.
  • December 31: Banking holiday.
  • January 1: New Year's Day.