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.
Arica Travel Guide
Weather in Arica
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)
Arica Temperatures (Celsius)
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)
Arica Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Arica.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Arica (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
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.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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|
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
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.