The best times to visit Punta Arenas for ideal weather are
October 15th to March 25th
August 20th to September 30th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Punta Arenas Travel Guide
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Weather in Punta Arenas
Average temperatures in Punta Arenas vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold all year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 26th 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 Punta Arenas, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January where highs are regularly around 61.7°F (16.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 45.8°F (7.7°C) at night.
Punta Arenas Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Punta Arenas 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.
Punta Arenas Perceived Temperature (F)
Punta Arenas Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Punta Arenas 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 Punta Arenas are September, November, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late September. For example, on the week of September 24th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early April with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of April 2nd.
When can you find snow in Punta Arenas? Weather stations report moderate or seasonal snow likely to be deepest around July, especially close to late July. The best time to ski (if at all) in Punta Arenas is often around around June 18th 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 Punta Arenas.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Punta Arenas (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
Punta Arenas has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is December (54.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (78.6%).
Wind in Punta Arenas is usually stronger than many places. The windiest month is November, followed by December and October. November’s average wind speed of around 16.2 knots (18.7 MPH or 30 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 late October to early November where average top sustained speeds reach 28.2 knots, which is considered high wind or moderate gale winds.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Punta Arenas.
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||14.9||Significant breeze||25.3||Very strong breeze|
|Feb||14.2||Significant breeze||24.2||Very strong breeze|
|Mar||13.6||Significant breeze||24.1||Very strong breeze|
|Apr||12.8||Significant breeze||22.6||Very strong breeze|
|May||12||Significant breeze||21.2||Very strong breeze|
|Jun||12.4||Significant breeze||21.4||Strong breeze|
|Jul||11.8||Significant breeze||20.5||Very strong breeze|
|Aug||11.8||Significant breeze||20.4||Strong breeze|
|Sep||12.3||Significant breeze||20.7||Very strong breeze|
|Oct||15.3||Significant breeze||25.8||Very strong breeze|
|Nov||16.2||Significant breeze||26.6||Very strong breeze|
|Dec||16||Significant breeze||26.1||Very strong breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Punta Arenas?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 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. This advisory was last updated on Sep 05, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Punta Arenas, Chile is January, followed by March 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 Punta Arenas 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
Overall Punta Arenas Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 61.1°F (16.2°C) and 43°F (6.1°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 5 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 cold weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. These months see moderate precipitation with 3 to 4 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Punta Arenas, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 57.7°F (14.3°C) and 46.3°F (7.9°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 3 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 too cold this time of year in Punta Arenas to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 61.7°F (16.5°C) and 58.4°F (14.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 3 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.