Argentina Weather and Climate
The Republic of Argentina is located in South America. Over 43 million people live in an area of 2.78 million square kilometers. Buenos Aires is the capital of the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
The landforms of Argentina are incredibly varied. In addition to flat coastal plains, subtropical rainforests and the dry pampas, for example in the Argentine Andes, there are also gigantic mountains over 6000 meters high. At 6,962 meters, the Aconcagua is the highest mountain on the entire American continent.
Large parts of the Rio de la Plata flow through Argentina. With the Mar Chiquita there is a 5770 square kilometer salt lake in the province of Córdoba. The Los Glaciares National Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, is located in the south of Germany. The Falkland Islands are 395 kilometers east of Argentina. These have been claimed by Argentina since 1833. Foreign policy and defense are in the hands of the United Kingdom. For example, the city of Buenos Aires is around 11,500 kilometers away from Frankfurt.
Climate in Argentina
In general, the seasons in the southern hemisphere are exactly the opposite of the seasons in Europe. This means that it is summer in Argentina when we are struggling with winter in Germany. Due to its geographic size, there are, however, some strong regional differences.
Argentina can be divided into four very different climate zones. To illustrate this, we have included the climate data from three measuring stations on this page: Ushuaia for the south of Argentina and the Patagonia region, the city of Salta for the north of the country (including Iguazú waterfalls, Tucamán) and of course the capital Buenos Aires.
Basically, it can be said that the south is significantly colder than the north of the country, while the east with the Atlantic winds has significantly more precipitation than the rain-poor east of Argentina. The warmest months nationwide are October to March (summer), June to August are the coldest.
When to go to Argentina
Due to the climatic differences, it is difficult to speak of the best travel time for all of Argentina. Nevertheless, there are also very good opportunities for round trips through the impressive country to combine the different regions.
In general, the capital Buenos Aires is suitable for a visit all year round, the winter is quite short and remains pleasantly mild. The best time to travel to Buenos Aires, however, are the transition months in spring and autumn.
The north of Argentina is more tropical, especially at the Iguazú waterfalls, it is very humid all year round. Similar to the northwest (highlands around Salta), the winter months are much cooler, but more recommendable for a trip due to the lower humidity.
In the very south of Argentina, the Argentine summer from November to mid-March is considered the best time to travel to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Many hotels, on the other hand, close in the cold winter from June to August, even if winter sports are playing an increasingly important role in tourism.
You can already see it: the south shines from November to March, the north rather the other way round from March to November. Therefore, perfect interfaces for all regions of the country arise especially in the marginal months of March / April and October.
Optimal travel time for the regions
In the following overview you can see the best travel time depending on the region (Argentina).
|Place||Best travel time|
|Buenos Aires||March, April, October and November|
|Ushuaia||January, February, March, November and December|
|Salta||June, July, August and September|
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
|Daytime temperature||30 ° C||29 ° C||26 ° C||23 ° C||19 ° C||15 ° C||15 ° C||17 ° C||19 ° C||22 ° C||25 ° C||28 ° C|
|Night temperature||17 ° C||16 ° C||14 ° C||11 ° C||8 ° C||5 ° C||5 ° C||6 ° C||7 ° C||10 ° C||13 ° C||15 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||92||101||110||84||72||49||57||58||62||109||98||93|
|Hours of sunshine||9||7||7||7||5||5||6||6||6||6||8||10|
The annual average temperature in Buenos Aires is 16.5 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is January (23.6 ° C), coldest month of July with averages of 10.1 ° C.
The annual precipitation is 984 mm on 105 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. There is no rainy season, i.e. months with more than 175 mm of precipitation. In July snowfall is possible.
As our climate table shows, December is the sunniest month with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year the sun shines for 6.8 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following larger towns are nearby and have a similar climate: Partido La Matanza, Partido Lomas de Zamora, Partido Almirante Brown, Partido Merlo, Quilmes Partido, Moreno Partido, Lanús, Florencio Varela Partido, Tigre Partido, Partido Tres de Febrero, Partido Avellaneda, Morón Partido, Berazategui Partido, Partido Malvinas Argentinas, Partido Esteban Echeverría, San Isidro Partido, San Miguel Partido, Merlo, Quilmes, José C. Paz, Banfield, Partido Lanús, Escobar Partido, Hurlingham Partido, Caballito, Moreno and Berazategui.
Highlights and attractions
Every Argentina traveler should try their hand at traditional tango. Locals and holidaymakers dance to the beat of South American music day and night in bars, on the street or in night clubs. Buenos Aires is a real hotspot for this and is the starting point for many visitors anyway. A visit to a steak restaurant should not be missing on your trip.
The flora and fauna are of course a highlight in Argentina. There is a lot to discover in nature in every region of the country. In the north in particular there is a very diverse fauna. Jaguars, various species of monkeys, reptiles, parrots, and flamingos are just a few examples of wildlife. The south in the Patagonia region has no equal anywhere in the world and is on the list of places that many holidaymakers should visit once in a lifetime.
Visit the cowboys in the pampas, watch penguins on the Península Valdés or admire the imposing waterfalls of Iguazú in the middle of the rainforest. Argentina is perfect for a round trip and can be wonderfully combined with neighboring countries such as Brazil, Chile or Uruguay (by ferry from Buenos Aires).