The city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra – the economic and financial engine of Bolivia – is located in the eastern part of the country along the river Piraí in a large flat area a little more than 400 meters high above sea level. Santa Cruz de la Sierra has a warm and humid tropical climate characterized by two distinct seasons based on rainfall.
The rainy season covers the months between October and April, but the wettest months ever are December, January and February. The months from May to September are part of the dry season. The month of August is the driest of the year. Santa Cruz de la Sierra receives an average of nearly 1,300 mm of rain per year.
Temperatures are generally quite high, the average annual temperature is 24 ° C. The average maximum temperatures vary between 24 ° C, during the months of June and July, and 30 ° C, for the months from October to March. The average minimum temperatures remain mild throughout the year on values ranging between 16 ° C in June and July and 21 ° C of the months between November and March.
During the winter months – that is, the months of June and July – can sometimes blow from the Argentinean Pampa cold winds called “surazos” that cause a sudden drop in temperatures, which, however, only very rarely, can even reach values close to zero temperature. During the summer months, ie those between October and March, the maximum temperatures can reach and even exceed 37 ° C / 40 ° C.
WHEN TO GO TO SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA
For the visit of the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra – as well as all the eastern lowlands of Bolivia – the months between May and September are the best. These are in fact the driest and cool months of the year when temperatures are pleasant and the rains poor.
SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA CLIMATE TABLES
|SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA (416 metres)|
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