Lima Climate & Weather

Lima Climate and Weather

The weather in Lima is influenced by the cold offshore Humboldt Current, and the city has a mild desert climate, much cooler than one might expect for what is technically a subtropical desert region. It gets neither very cold nor very hot in Lima: temperatures rarely fall below 54°F (12°C) and seldom rise above 84°F (29°C) year-round.

It is a cloudy and foggy city, which doesn't actually get that much sun, but as you travel along the coast away from Lima, the sun gradually begins to break through the mist. Rainfall is extremely low and what little the city does get comes in the form of drizzles in winter, or occasional, brief showers in summer. There are two distinct seasons: summer, from December through April, is sunny and generally cloud-free, but can be very foggy with temperatures ranging from 64°F (18°C) to 84°F (29°C); winter, from June to October, is a grey season with cooler temperatures ranging from 54°F (12°C) to 66°F (19°C), and is frequently overcast; May and November are transitional months.

Humidity is high in Lima all year. The city is known for its beautiful sunsets, which are especially colourful. Although the winter months, June to September, are not the best time to visit Lima, they are the most popular time to visit Peru, as the there is usually clear, sunny weather in the mountains. It's also a good time to visit the Amazon Basin, as there are fewer mosquitoes.

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