The best times to visit Arica for ideal weather are

any time of year (no, really)

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.


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Weather in Arica

Temperature

Average temperatures in Arica vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is among the most temperate — in the 99th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Arica, the hottest months are February, January, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early February where highs are regularly around 79.6°F (26.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 68.6°F (20.3°C) at night.

Arica Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Arica Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Arica Perceived Temperature (F)

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Arica Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Arica Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 77.8 72 67.3
Feb 79 72.9 68.1
Mar 77.7 71.4 66.2
Apr 74.4 68.2 62.9
May 70.2 65 60.6
Jun 66.6 62.7 59.7
Jul 64.2 60.4 57.7
Aug 64 60.3 57.9
Sep 65.4 61.6 59.4
Oct 67.7 63.3 60.5
Nov 71.5 66.6 62.9
Dec 74.7 69.4 64.9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 25.4 22.2 19.6
Feb 26.1 22.7 20.1
Mar 25.4 21.9 19
Apr 23.6 20.1 17.2
May 21.2 18.3 15.9
Jun 19.2 17.1 15.4
Jul 17.9 15.8 14.3
Aug 17.8 15.7 14.4
Sep 18.6 16.4 15.2
Oct 19.8 17.4 15.8
Nov 21.9 19.2 17.2
Dec 23.7 20.8 18.3


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Arica are January, February, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid to late August with an average of 0 days of significant precipitation the week of August 20th.

When can you find snow in Arica? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Arica.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Arica (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 0% 0 0
Feb 0% 0 0
Mar 0% 0 0
Apr 0% 0 0
May 0% 0 0
Jun 0% 0 0
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 0% 0 0.1
Sep 1% 0 0
Oct 0% 0 0
Nov 0% 0 0
Dec 0% 0 0

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 0 0 0
Feb 0 0 0
Mar 0 0 0
Apr 0 0 0
May 0 0 0
Jun 0 0 0
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 0 0 0.3
Sep 1 0 0
Oct 0 0 0
Nov 0 0 0
Dec 0 0 0

 

Humidity and Wind

Arica has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is February (54.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (64.1%).

Wind in Arica is usually calm. The windiest month is November, followed by December and October. November’s average wind speed of around 6.4 knots (7.3 MPH or 11.8 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid January where average top sustained speeds reach 14.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Arica.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6 Light breeze 14 Significant breeze
Feb 5.6 Light breeze 13.5 Significant breeze
Mar 5.5 Light breeze 13 Significant breeze
Apr 5.2 Light breeze 12 Significant breeze
May 5 Light breeze 10.8 Significant breeze
Jun 4.8 Light breeze 10.4 Gentle breeze
Jul 4.8 Light breeze 10.3 Significant breeze
Aug 5.1 Light breeze 11.1 Significant breeze
Sep 5.6 Light breeze 11.7 Significant breeze
Oct 6 Light breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Nov 6.4 Light breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Dec 6 Light breeze 13.7 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 54.2%
Feb 54.1%
Mar 56%
Apr 58.1%
May 59.9%
Jun 61.5%
Jul 61.7%
Aug 63%
Sep 64.1%
Oct 62.1%
Nov 57.9%
Dec 56.1%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Arica?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Dec 13, 2018 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Chile; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Arica, Chile is May, followed by January and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Arica in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 44.3 in October means 44.3% of the tourists vs. May.



Overall Arica Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 78.7°F (25.9°C) and 68.4°F (20.2°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is nonexistent with roughly 0 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see moderate precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Arica, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 72.9°F (22.7°C) and 65°F (18.3°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a trivial amount: approximately 0 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Arica to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 79.6°F (26.4°C) and 73.9°F (23.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

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