It is a little-known fact that Patagonia is open all year. Yes, it is true, you can explore the wilds of Patagonia any season. To answer the question “When is the best time to go?” will depend on what you want to do, see and experience.
Each season has its own unique landscapes, activities and advantages. As the seasons of Patagonia are reversed from the northern hemisphere with Summer being December – February and Winter being June- mid-September, the weather and temps vary, but can be equally unpredictable any time of year. Read more on the seasons and when to visit Patagonia.
Below is a brief general summary of temperatures, precipitation and wind per season. However, please note that the weather in this region of the world can vary in a single day or hour. So, no matter what season you chose to travel in, we recommend to always dress in layers and be properly prepared for anything Mother Nature has in store. See here our recommended Patagonia packing list.
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IN SOUTHERN PATAGONIA
The highest temperatures in Patagonia can be experienced during the summer months, where they can reach around 72 °F (22 °C). The lowest temperatures are during the winter months where they can drop down to 32°F (0°C) at night. However, the winter months are the time of year with the least amount of wind, often with several days where there is no wind at all. The wind-chill factor in Patagonia can sometimes make the ambient temperature feel up to about 30°F (6°C) colder than what it really is.
Precipitation is more frequent during the months of April and May in the fall, but it is also common to get some rain between the months of November through January, although with less intensity. In the winter months, precipitation is very common at night in the form of snow, giving way to some beautiful landscapes as you awake in the wilds of Patagonia.
Patagonia is known for its often windy conditions. For most part of the year, you can expect winds with a speed of about 15 - 20 km/h (9 - 13 mph). In the summer months however, winds pick up and they can even reach speeds of about 120 km/h (74 mph). Winter is the season of Patagonia with the least amount of wind, often making it easy to photograph reflections of the majestic landscapes in the water of the region's many lakes.
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