What's The Uruguay Climate Like? When Should You Visit?



Finding out about the Uruguay climate is an important part of your Uruguay trip planning. It's that all important question... when is best to go to Uruguay?

Let's face it, we've all had those horrible vacations where the weather has not lived up to expectations and you've ended up stuck indoors with little to do. It's not much fun! And we're not saying we can guarantee you good weather. But knowing a little in advance about the climate in Uruguay and what to expect can help you pick the best time to visit. And that's what it's all about.

So what is the Uruguay climate like?

Well, first and foremost the climate in Uruguay is temperate. What does that mean for you? It means there're no major extremes in temperature, and 99.9% of the time there's no crazy weather either. However, climate and weather being what they are, especially in recent years where we're seeing strange weather patterns across the world, there are no firm promises as to what you're going to find. Still... Uruguay is generally relatively steady, so knowing the climate should be part of your trip planning.

The Uruguay seasons may be the opposite of what you're used to

How can the climate in Uruguay be opposite?

It's all to do with the location of the Uruguay climate, south of the equator. If you live in the northern hemisphere in places like the USA, the UK, and Europe, your summer months will usually peak around July and August. In Uruguay, however, because it's in the southern hemisphere, this is winter. And as you'd expect, winter means the coldest months. Not that cold is quite the same as it might be back home. In general the coldest temperatures hover around freezing. A bad year may see a low of -4 or -5 °C.

When are the warmest months in Uruguay?

The warmest months are usually January and February. Temperatures start to push the mercury up from November but they normally don't reach their peak until these 2 months. There's always the exception though and 2010 was no different. During the month of December, Montevideo regularly hit the 40°C mark which is definitely unusual in the general scheme of things. How were January and February? Don't worry, the temperature didn't continue to break records. The average temperature during January and February in 2011 was around 30 - 33°C with a nice breeze to keep you cool.

This Uruguay climate chart gives you the averages for a typical 12 month period
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min °C 18 18 16 12 10 7 6 6 9 12 14 16
Max °C 28 27 24 21 17 15 14 15 17 20 22 25
Sun Hours 10 9 8 6 6 5 5 6 6 7 8 9
Sun = average sunshine hours per day.
Is there anything else about the Uruguay climate you need to know?

The climate in Uruguay is one we like. We're happy to visit at any time of year. Even during the coldest months of July and August, the average sunlight hours are usually 6 - 7 hours per day. We think that's not bad. The one thing you do need to be aware of is the wind that can bring an extra cold feel to the air during the winter months. Why? It's the Pampero winds that blow from the south, from the plains in Argentina. It can make the temperatures feel a lot lower than they actually are... and it sneaks through nooks and crannies so you'll need some cosy clothes to keep you warm.

In summer, it's the Zonda wind that can blow. The opposite of winter, this wind comes from the north and it's hot. You'll need cool cotton clothes that breathe to keep you feeling comfortable in the Uruguay climate when the Zonda pays a visit.

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