The territory of Chile extends from the tropics down almost to
Antarctica, and from sea level up to breathtaking altitudes,
therefore the country has a wide variety of climate conditions. In
the north there is hardly any rainfall and conditions are very hot
arid. The climate in central Chile is Mediterranean, with cool, wet
winters between April and September. Average annual rainfall
increases, and temperatures decrease, as one moves further south.
In Santiago average temperatures vary between 68ºF (20ºC) in
January, the height of summer, and 46ºF (8ºC) in July, midwinter.
In the extreme south the weather is cold and wet most of the year,
snow covering the mountains and the sky cloudy.