Argentina Weather Guide

Summer is the best time to visit Patagonia when the weather is milder at the southern end of the country. As for Buenos Aires, your best bet is spring when the trees are in bloom and temperatures are idyllic. Mendoza, Córdoba and the Lake District are all impressive in autumn when the ground is covered in auburn leaves, temperatures are cosy and the crowds are thin. Northern Argentina can be super warm in summer, while spring and autumn are considered a favourite time to head north.

Season and Clothing

Summer: December to March

In summer, temperatures are super diverse in Argentina with an average of 9 degrees Celsius in the south and 27 degrees in the north. Argentina is home of ‘the beautiful game’ – a.k.a. football (soccer) and in January the season reaches fever pitch and the Cancha De Boca stadium in Buenos Aires gets packed to capacity. Get in early to score a ticket – it’s well worth it to soak up the intoxicating match atmosphere and see the world game. Don’t forget to pack a coat if you’re heading south or the local football strip.

Autumn: April to May

Autumn is generally mild and some forests and vineyards turn on the fall foliage making it a great time to explore the great outdoors and countryside in Argentina. During autumn, Argentina is aflutter with culture; the most popular event in April is the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Films (BAFICA), then the contemporary art world flocks to Buenos Aires in May for the annual arteBA Festival. Bring clothes for layering, some boots for walking and a coat for night-time.

Winter: June to August

Winter can be a windy time for ole Argentina as cold winds blow on the flat plains of Patagonia and the Pampas. However, a warm wind sometimes blows from the north in mid- and late winter creating mild conditions, and it’s drier and hotter in west-central Argentina. Further south, the weather becomes colder with a mean temperature of zero degrees and some parts of Argentina also get snow. Ski season runs mid-June through mid-October, and the resorts are most expensive and most crowded in July and August when every Porteño (Buenos Aires local) flocks to the slopes. Bring a beanie, gloves and scarf to keep warm under your thick coat.

Spring: September to November

In the north of Argentina, spring is very short, however during mid-October you can expect to see a large variety of wild and urban flora in blossom. Thunderstorms and hailstorms are frequent, so have a raincoat and umbrella handy, but on the whole you'll find daytime temperatures are mild and nights are cool. If you’re into shredding the axe, the International Guitar Festival takes place in Buenos Aires during October. Clothes for layering will see you through most climatic conditions in spring here, but bring a coat for cool nights.