The best times to visit Calama for ideal weather are

September 10th to April 29th

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 Calama

Temperature

Average temperatures in Calama vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 55th 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 Calama, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early January where highs are regularly around 78.2°F (25.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 45.4°F (7.4°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 77.5 67.1 45.3
Feb 76.6 65.9 45.3
Mar 76 64.5 42.9
Apr 75.1 61.2 39.4
May 72.9 56.8 35.6
Jun 72.1 54.8 33.6
Jul 70.8 53.5 31.5
Aug 73.4 56.2 33.7
Sep 75 59.5 37.3
Oct 76.1 62.7 42.1
Nov 77.2 64.7 44.4
Dec 77.3 65.7 43.5

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 25.3 19.5 7.4
Feb 24.8 18.8 7.4
Mar 24.4 18.1 6.1
Apr 23.9 16.2 4.1
May 22.7 13.8 2
Jun 22.3 12.7 0.9
Jul 21.6 11.9 -0.3
Aug 23 13.4 0.9
Sep 23.9 15.3 2.9
Oct 24.5 17.1 5.6
Nov 25.1 18.2 6.9
Dec 25.2 18.7 6.4

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Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Calama are January, February, and then June. 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 late March with an average of 0 days of significant precipitation the week of March 26th.

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.

Chanceof Precipitation

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

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Calama (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 1% 0 0
Apr 0% 0 0
May 0% 0 0
Jun 0% 0 0
Jul 0% 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 1 0 0
Apr 0 0 0
May 0 0 0
Jun 0 0 0
Jul 0 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 no months that would be considered humid, with some extremely dry months. The least humid month is September (9.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (28%).

Wind in Calama is usually stronger than many places. The windiest month is November, followed by December and October. November’s average wind speed of around 14.9 knots (17.1 MPH or 27.6 KPH) is considered “a 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 22.3 knots, which is considered a strong breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 14.5 Significant breeze 21.5 Strong breeze
Feb 14 Significant breeze 21.4 Strong breeze
Mar 13.5 Significant breeze 20.2 Strong breeze
Apr 13 Significant breeze 19.7 Strong breeze
May 13.4 Significant breeze 20.4 Strong breeze
Jun 13.5 Significant breeze 20.7 Strong breeze
Jul 14 Significant breeze 21.7 Strong breeze
Aug 13.9 Significant breeze 21.3 Strong breeze
Sep 13.9 Significant breeze 21.1 Strong breeze
Oct 14.6 Significant breeze 21.2 Strong breeze
Nov 14.9 Significant breeze 21.1 Strong breeze
Dec 14.9 Significant breeze 21.1 Strong breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 24.4%
Feb 28%
Mar 26.2%
Apr 18.3%
May 14.8%
Jun 11.1%
Jul 10.3%
Aug 9.9%
Sep 9.3%
Oct 10.6%
Nov 13%
Dec 18%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Calama?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 18, 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 Calama, Chile is January, followed by April and November. 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 Calama in July. 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 47.9 in July means 47.9% of the tourists vs. January.


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Overall Calama Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 77.4°F (25.2°C) and 71.2°F (21.8°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is nonexistent with roughly 0 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second 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 comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Calama, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 77.6°F (25.3°C) and 74.4°F (23.6°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a trivial amount: approximately 0 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower 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 78.2°F (25.7°C) and 76.3°F (24.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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