The best times to visit La Rioja for ideal weather are
March 26th to June 17th
August 6th to October 21st
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
La Rioja Travel Guide
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Weather in La Rioja
Average temperatures in La Rioja vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some hot weeks in the summer, with a very low chance of precipitation throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 49th 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 La Rioja, the hottest months are January, December, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late December where highs are regularly around 99.6°F (37.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 71.1°F (21.7°C) at night.
La Rioja Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
La Rioja 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.
La Rioja Perceived Temperature (F)
La Rioja Perceived Temperature (C)
Average La Rioja 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 La Rioja are June, September, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid May. For example, on the week of May 14th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid February with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of February 19th.
When can you find snow in La Rioja? Weather stations report a bit of annual snow likely to be deepest around July, especially close to mid July. The best time to ski (if at all) in La Rioja is often around around July 16th when fresh powder is deepest. 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 La Rioja.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in La Rioja (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
La Rioja has some comfortably humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is September (31.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is May (54.6%).
Wind in La Rioja is usually calm. The windiest month is November, followed by January and October. November’s average wind speed of around 5.9 knots (6.8 MPH or 10.9 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 early November where average top sustained speeds reach 10.5 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in La Rioja.
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||5.6||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5.2||Light breeze||9.2||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||4.7||Light breeze||8.3||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||4.3||Light breeze||7.7||Gentle breeze|
|May||4||Light breeze||7.3||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||4||Light breeze||7||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||4.2||Light breeze||7.4||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||4.6||Light breeze||7.8||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||5.1||Light breeze||8.8||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||5.6||Light breeze||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||5.9||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.6||Light breeze||9.3||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to La Rioja?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Argentina; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 24, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in La Rioja, Argentina is November, followed by September and December. 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 La Rioja in May. 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 La Rioja Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 91.2°F (32.9°C) and 69.2°F (20.7°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in La Rioja, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 95.9°F (35.5°C) and 81.1°F (27.3°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 3 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in La Rioja to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 99.6°F (37.6°C) and 89.2°F (31.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.