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The climate of Punta del Este: when to go to Punta del Este

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The city of Punta del Este which is located along the coast of Uruguay – at the meeting point between the waters of the Rio de la Plata and the Atlantic Ocean – has a mild oceanic sub-tropical climate characterized by pleasant summers – this is the period of greatest influx of tourists – and mild winters. Autumn and spring have a mild climate with pleasant days and nights not too cool.

The average annual temperature is 16.4 ° C. The average maximum temperatures vary between 25.2 ° C in January – which is the warmest month – and 14.4 ° C in July – which is the coldest month -. While the average minimum temperatures vary, however, between 18.4 ° C in February and 8.7 ° C in July. Punta del Este has an average of 2,338 hours of sunshine annually.

Rainfall is fairly constant, falling on average 1,000 mm of rain annually distributed in 107 rainy days. On average in every month of the year there are between 8 and 10 days of rain per month. In absolute terms the months of August and September with about 93 mm of rain each are the months with the most rainfall. While the month of December, with only 67 mm of rain is the driest of the year.

The temperature of the sea water is suitable for bathing between December and March, especially during the months of January, February and March, the ocean water reaches a temperature of 22 ° C. The months in which the water is colder are July, August and September when it reaches 11 ° C.


The best months for a beach holiday in Punta del Este are the summer ones, namely those of December, January, February and March. This is also the peak season so the one with more overcrowding in hotels and on the beaches. For those who do not want to do only beach life the oceanic mild climate makes Punta del Este still good to visit in the other months of the year.


PUNTA DEL ESTE (16 meters)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 18,1 25,2 75,4  8
February 18,4 25,1 84,8  9
March 17,6 24,0 79,3  9
April 14,9 21,2 84,0  9
May 12,1 18,2 91,4  9
June 9,5 14,8 83,3  10
July 8,7 14,4 90,3  10
August 8,8 14,7 93,9  9
September 9,9 16,0 93,1  9
October 11,4 18,4 85,0  9
November 14,1 21,0 86,8  8
December 16,4 23,8 66,6  8
YEAR 13,3 19,7 1010,9  107

Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 22
February 22
March 22
April 19
May 16
June 13
July 11
August 11
September 11
October 14
November 17
December 20



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