Weather in Argentina
The weather in Argentina is as diverse as the landscape of the country. From the subtropics in the north to the icy glaciers in the south and the windy plains of Patagonia, Argentina spans a host of climatic zones. The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, is situated in centre of the country. It has a temperate climate with a southern hemisphere climate pattern. Summer lasts from December to February, and winter spanning from May to September. The climate in Argentina is diverse and perfect for those wanting a beach holiday or for visitors in search of an Antarctic adventure.
Average temperatures in summer in Argentina can differ quite dramatically depending upon whether you’re in the north or the south of this South American country. Summer temperatures in Buenos Aires range from 15 to 30 degrees Celsius (59 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit). Daylight hours in summer range between thirteen hours per day in October to fourteen hours per day in November, December, January and February. Winter temperatures in Buenos Aires drop to between 7 and 17 degrees Celsius (45 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit) from late May to early September. Average daylight hours in winter range eleven hours in early and late winter, and ten daylight hours each day in mid-winter.
Summer is the rainy season in Argentina. The months from October to April tend to experience a monthly average 100mm (4.0 inches) of rain. The rainy season also experiences moderate humidity levels. Winter in Argentina is also the dry season. Frost is common during June and July, and the southern and central regions sometimes experience snowfall as well. High winds are common throughout Argentina, particular the winter winds which have individual names. The chilly ‘pampero,’ wind blows across Patagonia from the Polar Regions in the south. The ‘pampas’ wind is a northerly wind known to blow away cold fronts. While the ‘zonda’ is a warm and dry wind that blows across the western areas of central Argentina.
When is the best time to go to Argentina
Argentina’s vast topography and climate makes choosing the best time to visit slightly more complicated. Winter, in June and July, is the perfect time to visit Argentina for a skiing, however July is also winter break in Argentina and prices often rise considerably. Visitors in search of a beach holiday should plan their trip for summer in Argentina from November to March. The southern regions are great during summer and spring, particularly visitors to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego for trips to the glaciers. The Argentine summer holiday period falls in January and February, which often means popular resorts and holiday destinations are fully booked or overrun with tourists.
What to pack for a holiday in Argentina
The first rule is to pack according to area; just travelling to Buenos Aires will require different clothes than a trekking, skiing, or beach holiday. Buenos Aires is quite elegant, so wear smart, fitted clothing. In general, a light coat, thermals, leggings, a warm jersey or two and some long sleeved shirts will suffice for any time of year and for trekking excursions; in addition, sturdy hiking boots, amphibian walking shoes, sandals, sunglasses, sunscreen, sunhats and warm hats, gloves and scarves are also recommended, especially for the countryside.
Beach holidaymakers should take a change of swimwear, light covering and sunglasses, sunhats and sunscreen. Remember to be sensitive to national sensibilities, especially around the Falklands area– no bulldog shirts, English rugby vests or Union Jack bags. Finally, Buenos Aries has one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in South America, so take smart-casual clothing along for a special night out.
Climate and Weather in Argentina in January
Average temperature in Argentina in January: 20 to 30°C, 69 to 87°F
Sea temperature in Argentina in January: 23°C, 73°F
Average rainfall in January: 122mm, 4.8in
Events: Argentina is home of ‘the beautiful game,’ in January the popular soccer stadium, Cancha De Boca, in Buenos Aires gets packed to capacity for football season in Argentina.
Note: 1 January is a public holiday and most shops are closed as people recover from New Year’s festivities.
Climate and Weather in Argentina in February
Average temperature in Argentina in February: 19 to 29°C, 67 to 84°F
Sea temperature in Argentina in February: 23°C, 73°F
Average rainfall in February: 123mm, 4.8in
Events: Argentina is the home of the tango, and the Argentine Tango Festival celebrated in February and March is a must. Visitors to Argentina in February can attend the annual Tango Festival and take part in lessons, demonstrations and shows, particularly along Buenos Aires’ Corrientes Avenue.
Climate and Weather in Argentina in March
Average temperature in Argentina in March: 17 to26°C, 63 to 80°F
Sea temperature in Argentina in March: 22°C, 72°F
Average rainfall in March: 154mm, 6.0in
Events: The Tango Festival in Buenos Aires is one of the most popular events in March in Argentina.
Note: 24 March is a national holiday, Truth and Justice Day.
Climate and Weather in Argentina in April
Average temperature in Argentina in April: 14 to 23°C, 57 to 73°F
Sea temperature in Argentina in April: 19°C, 66°F
Average rainfall in April: 107mm, in
Events: The most popular event in April in Argentina is the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Films (BAFICA). Top directors and film critics from across the world flock to Argentina for this festival and competition: bafici.gov.ar
Note: 2 April is a public holiday in Argentina for Malvinas or Veterans’ Day.
Climate and Weather in Argentina in May
Average temperature in Argentina in May: 10 to 19°C, 51 to 66°F
Sea temperature in Argentina in May: 16°C, 61°F
Average rainfall in May: 92mm, 3.6in
Events: Contemporary art enthusiasts flock to Buenos Aires for the annual arteBA Festival in May each year. This May event is held at La Rural Exhibition Centre in Buenos Aires: arteba.org The Buenos Aires Book Fair also takes place during May: el-libro.org.ar
Note: 1 May is a national holiday in Argentina for International Workers’ Day. 25 May is the annual Military Parade in commemoration of the May Revolution of 1810.
Climate and Weather in Argentina in June
Average temperature in Argentina in June: 8 to 16°C, 46 to 60°F
Sea temperature in Argentina in June: 13°C, 55°F
Average rainfall in June: 50mm, 1.9in
Note: 15 June is National Flag Day, buildings and even some cars are adorned with the Argentina’s flag.
Climate and Weather in Argentina in July
Average temperature in Argentina in July: 7 to 15°C, 45 to 59°F
Sea temperature in Argentina in July: 11°C, 52°F
Average rainfall in July: 53mm, 2.1in
Events: For those interested in learning more about Argentinean beef and livestock, La Rural International Exhibition is an agricultural exhibition with cattle competitions and informative farming displays. The International Video-Dance Festival features workshops, lectures and seminars on how to get into the video-dance market. Visitors aspiring to be in the next Jennifer Lopez or Shakira music video should be sure to attend: videodanzaba.com.ar
Note: National Independence Day falls on 9 June annually; parades and celebrations are the norm.
Climate and Weather in Argentina in August
Average temperature in Argentina in August: 9 to 17°C, 48 to 63°F
Sea temperature in Argentina in August: 10°C, 50°F
Average rainfall in August: 63mm, 2.5in
Note: 17 August is San Martin Day in Argentina, it commemorates the death of one of Argentina’s most important founding fathers: José San Martín.
Climate and Weather in Argentina in September
Average temperature in Argentina in September: 10 to 19°C, 50 to 66°F
Sea temperature in Argentina in September: 11°C, 52°F
Average rainfall in September: 78mm, 3.1in
Events: Argentina is fast making its mark as a key wine making region. The Vinos y Bodegas Wine Exhibition showcases Argentina’s top 100 wines at La Rural exhibition centre in Buenos Aires: expovinosybodegas.com.ar
Climate and Weather in Argentina in October
Average temperature in Argentina in October: 13 to 26°C, 55 to 72°F
Sea temperature in Argentina in October: 14°C, 57°F
Average rainfall in October: 140mm, 5.5in
Events: A key event in Argentina in October is the International Guitar Festival in Buenos Aires. Venues include Centro Cultural General San Martin, Congreso Nacional and Centro Nacional de la Musica. The Buenos Aires Marathon is another popular event in October. The marathon route passes Buenos Aires attractions such as Callao Avenue, Palermo, Corrientes Avenue, La Boca’s Caminito and Casa Rosada: maratondebuenosaires.com
Note: Race Recognition Day on 12 October is a national holiday in Argentina.
Climate and Weather in Argentina in November
Average temperature in Argentina in November: 16 to 25°C, 61 to 78°F
Sea temperature in Argentina in November: 18°C, 64°F
Average rainfall in November: 131mm, 5.2in
Events: Two popular events in November in Argentina are the Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival at the beginning of December and the Argentine Open Polo Tournament at the end of the month. The Jazz Festival is held at the ND Aneno Cultural Space in Buenos Aires. The Argentine Polo Tournament takes place at Palermo Stadium in Buenos Aires from mid-November to early December. buenosairesjazz.gob.ar and aapolo.com
Climate and Weather in Argentina in December
Average temperature in Argentina in December: 18 to 28°C, 65 to 83°F
Sea temperature in Argentina in December: 21°C, 70°F
Average rainfall in December: 103mm, 4.1in
Note: December is a low-key month as far as events are concerned. There are two national holidays in December in Argentina. Immaculate Conception Day on 8 December and Christmas Day on 25 December. December is a month of family and religion.
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