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La Paz climate: when to go to La Paz

La Paz is known for being the highest capital city in the world, in fact, the city is located in the Bolivian Andean plateau at over 3,600 meters high. Its location at high altitude means that La Paz has a kind of high mountain climate with rainy summers and dry winters. The rains are not very abundant, the average amount is slightly more than 500 mm per year. Most rains fall between December and March, with January, the rainiest month. The months between May and August are the driest of the year, and the months of June and July are the driest in absolute.

La Paz has an average of 124 days of rain per year. During the rainy season – from December to March – the city has a monthly average variable between 16 rainy days in March and 21 days of rain in the month of January. The annual average humidity is 64%, but the monthly average humidity varies greatly among the 78% of the months of January and February and 51% in the month of June. During the winter months can sometimes fall light snowfall.

The temperatures are quite cold because of the elevation, the average annual temperature of the central area of ​​the city – which is located about 3,600 meters above sea level – is 11 ° C, while in the highest point of La Paz – which exceeds the 4,000 meters above sea level – the average annual temperature is about 7 ° C. In the central area of the city the average maximum temperatures vary between 17 ° C in the winter months and 19 ° C in the summer months. While the average minimum temperatures vary between 6 ° C in the summer months and 1 ° C in the months of June and July. The coldest month is July, while the hottest month is November. La Paz has an average of 2,469 hours of sunshine annually.

WHEN TO GO TO LA PAZ

La Paz can be visited all year round, but the best season to travel is the dry and cold period between April and October. During this time of year the city has often clear and sunny skies.

LA PAZ CLIMATE TABLES

LA PAZ  (Aeropuerto Internacional El Alto)(4058 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 4,4 14,3 133,7  20,7
February 4,4 14,3 104,7  15,8
March 3,6 14,2 71,7  14,2
April 1,0 14,4 31,7  9,8
May -1,9 14,4 14,3  3,6
June -4,3 14,0 5,1  2,8
July -4,4 13,5 7,1  2,8
August -3,0 13,7 15,2  5,1
September -1,0 15,3 35,5  8,2
October 1,5 15,3 38,1  10,4
November 2,1 17,0 50,5  11,5
December 3,6 15,7 94,9  15,5
YEAR 0,5 15,0 602,5  120,3

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