Bariloche’s climate belongs to the region of cold continental with a dry season. Being located in the North of Patagonia, allows it not to have the extreme climate as in Southern Patagonia and all four seasons are well defined.

The climate is strongly affected by the constant humid winds coming off the Pacific Ocean and ascending over the Andes range, which results in a huge variation in rainfall from West to East. The precipitation gradient varies from 4.000 mm annually close to the border with Chile, like Puerto Blest, down to only 600 mm annually close to the Limay river at the east end of the Nahuel Huapi Lake.

The average annual temperature barely rises above 8° C in Bariloche town centre. In winter maximum temperatures stay around 8°C to 10° C, while minimum may drop down to -10°C. In summer temperature are very enjoyable.

Spring: the climate remains cool and snowfalls are pretty often. It is known as the windy season and rainfall slowly reduces as we reach summer. Average day temperatures are between 8°C and 18°C. Night are pretty cool and temperature may fall close to 0° C.

Summer: the climate becomes warm, long and sunny days. Rainfall is scarce, night are relatively fresh and winds die down compared to spring. Average temperatures are around 18°C with maximum that can reach 30°C and minimum rarely below 10°C. February tends to be the driest month of the year.

Fall: the climate is often cool, sometimes a little warmer but with colder nights. Temperatures range between 5°C and 15°C. The rainy season begins and some snow falls up on the high mountains.

Winter: It is the coldest season with plenty of snowfall. Average temperatures are around 8°C. Maximum during the day up to around 13°C, though at night they may drop down to -10°C, a big temperature range! It is the season with most rain and snowfall.

Bearing in mind that the weather can change very fast,  which at certain times, especially high in the mountains can be very extreme, it’s mandatory to check the forecast before heading out and still always be prepared with a rain and wind jacket. Also check the access conditions to the different huts as snow or ice may be covering the trails making them hard to find or follow even in spring or summer.