Let's review the weather in Chile to help you plan your holidays - and luggage - accordingly..
Chile is the longest north-south country in the world, extending over 6,000km or 38 degrees in latitude.
This long and narrow coastal strip, located between the Andes and the Pacific ocean in southeastern South America, has a variety of weather conditions and climates.
Most of the country has four seasons, however, being in the Southern Hemisphere, they are reversed to the Northern Hemisphere: summer (December to February), autumn (March to May), winter (June to August) and spring (September to November).
Need to find out about the current weather in Chile?..
Have a look at the complete national weather forecast updated daily by the Dirección Meteorológica de Chile. The website is in Spanish and temperatures provided in Celsius degrees. In case you are not familiar with this temperature scale check the Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion chart.
In general terms, the climate of Chile varies greatly according to the geographic regions.
The Big North (Norte Grande), with Atacama desert at the epicenter, has the typical desert climate characterized by warm daytime temperatures ranging from 22° Celsius (71.6° F) to 27° Celsius (80.6° F).
At night, however, it can get bitterly cold out there, not surprisingly reaching temperatures bellow the freezing point.
As a rule of thumb, pick your Chile holidays according to the region you intend to visit and sports preferences that attract you the most.
Summertime is the ideal moment to do some trekking at Torres del Paine, one of the finest parks in the Americas.
The Chilean Patagonia has an alpine tundra climate, not inviting from May to August, unless you don't mind lots of wind, rain and snow.
Chile's Central region has a Mediterranean climate, with an average annual temperature of 14° Celsius (57.2° F), with rainfall between May and August.
If you are landing at Santiago in the next few days, check the weather forecast awaiting you on arrival, as shown in the graphic to the right.
Easter Island has a humid subtropical type of climate heavily influenced by winds and ocean currents, with temperatures averaging 20° Celsius (68° F) throughout the year.
It rains evenly, but avoid May in particular, the rainiest of all.