The best times to visit Calama for ideal weather are

August 27th to May 13th

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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Calama Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Calama

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Calama vary very little and are temperate for about half of the year. The area is in the top 48 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Calama, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early-to-mid-January where highs are regularly around 58.3°F (14.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 34.5°F (1.4°C) at night.

    Calama Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Calama 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.

    Calama Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Calama Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average Calama 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 76.9 66.5 46.2
    Feb 76 65.5 46
    Mar 75.4 64.4 43.7
    Apr 74.5 61.6 40.8
    May 72.1 57.5 37.5
    Jun 71.3 55.5 35.2
    Jul 69.9 54.1 33.3
    Aug 72.4 56.9 35.3
    Sep 74.4 59.9 38.3
    Oct 75.4 62.5 41.2
    Nov 76.5 64.2 43.1
    Dec 76.7 65.3 43.8

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 24.9 19.2 7.9
    Feb 24.4 18.6 7.8
    Mar 24.1 18 6.5
    Apr 23.6 16.4 4.9
    May 22.3 14.2 3.1
    Jun 21.8 13.1 1.8
    Jul 21.1 12.3 0.7
    Aug 22.4 13.8 1.8
    Sep 23.6 15.5 3.5
    Oct 24.1 16.9 5.1
    Nov 24.7 17.9 6.2
    Dec 24.8 18.5 6.6

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Calama are July, May, and then March. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are only 0 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early-to-mid-February with an average of 0.1 days with significant precipitation the week of February 12th.

    When can you find snow in Calama? 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.

    Chance of Precipitation

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

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    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

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

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    Snow depth

    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 1.4 0 0
    Jun 0 0 0
    Jul 1.4 0 0
    Aug 0 0 0
    Sep 0 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 1.4 0 0
    Jun 0 0 0
    Jul 1.4 0 0
    Aug 0 0 0
    Sep 0 0 0
    Oct 0 0 0
    Nov 0 0 0
    Dec 0 0 0

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Calama has dry air compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is September (9.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (28.8%).

    Wind in Calama is usually extremely strong. The windiest month is November, followed by December and October. November’s average wind speed of around 14.7 knots (16.9 MPH or 27.2 KPH) is considered “moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early July where average top sustained speeds reach 22.7 knots, which is considered a strong breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

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

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

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

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    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 14.4 a moderate breeze 22.3 a strong breeze
    Feb 14 a moderate breeze 22 a strong breeze
    Mar 13.6 a moderate breeze 20.8 a strong breeze
    Apr 13.2 a moderate breeze 20.4 a fresh breeze
    May 13.4 a moderate breeze 21.1 a strong breeze
    Jun 13.4 a moderate breeze 21.4 a fresh breeze
    Jul 14 a moderate breeze 22.4 a strong breeze
    Aug 13.9 a moderate breeze 22 a strong breeze
    Sep 13.9 a moderate breeze 21.7 a strong breeze
    Oct 14.5 a moderate breeze 21.9 a fresh breeze
    Nov 14.7 a moderate breeze 22 a strong breeze
    Dec 14.7 a moderate breeze 22.1 a strong breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 24.9
    Feb 28.8
    Mar 26.3
    Apr 18.5
    May 14.8
    Jun 11.1
    Jul 10.2
    Aug 10
    Sep 9.4
    Oct 10.9
    Nov 13.4
    Dec 18.4

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Calama?

    As of 5/19/2017 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.
     

    Overall Calama Travel Experience by Season

    Fall (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 57.8°F (14.3°C) and 53.1°F (11.7°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is extremely rare with roughly 0 days of precipitation per month. Fall is slow/unreported for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Winter (June through August)

    The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see an unreported amount of precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is slow/unreported season for tourism in Calama, so lodging and other accommodations may cost as much as usual.

    Spring (September through November)

    Spring daily highs range from 57.8°F (14.3°C) and 55.4°F (13°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a 0 or unreported amount: approximately 0 days per month. Tourism is slow/unreported during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be normally priced.

    Summer (December through February)

    Weather is perfect this time of year in Calama to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 58.3°F (14.6°C) and 56.9°F (13.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a trivial/unreported amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are slow/unreported with tourists.

     

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