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Best Time to Visit Uruguay in 2024 for beaches, festivals, wine tours. Uruguay Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Uruguay

  • Optimal: November to March (ideal weather and vibrant events).
  • For beaches: December to February are peak beach months.
  • Other favorable months: April, May, October.

Geography facts

  • Location: South America, bordered by Brazil to the north and Argentina to the west.
  • Area: 176,215 km² (173,620 km² land, 2,595 km² water).
  • Borders: Brazil, Argentina, and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Landscape: Rolling plains and low hill ranges, fertile coastal lowlands. Highest point: Cerro Catedral at 514 meters.

Uruguay is a country known for its beach-lined coast, extensive grasslands, and vibrant cultural scenes. It offers a unique blend of European and indigenous influences, making it a fascinating destination year-round.

Climate

  • Coastal: Humid subtropical (warm summers, mild winters).
  • Inland: Temperate.
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Warm and sunny: Average daytime temperatures of +28°C (82°F), dropping to +20°C (68°F) at night.
  • Rainfall: Around 80 mm, with occasional thunderstorms.
  • Ideal for beaches: Sea temperature averages +23°C (73°F).
  • Events: Enjoy Montevideo Carnival festivities.

February

  • Peak summer: Daytime highs of +27°C (81°F), nights around +19°C (66°F).
  • Rainfall: 85 mm, with brief but heavy showers.
  • Sea temperature: +23°C (73°F), perfect for swimming.
  • Festivals: Montevideo Carnival continues, and Candombe Parade is a highlight.
Uruguay (c) www.celebritycruises.com

March

  • Transition to autumn: Daytime temperatures of +25°C (77°F), cooler nights at +17°C (63°F).
  • Rainfall: 90 mm, frequent yet short rain showers.
  • Sea temperature: +22°C (72°F), still suitable for beach visits.
  • Activities: Wine harvest season in the Canelones region.

April

  • Mild and pleasant: Average daytime temperature of +22°C (72°F), nights cooler at +14°C (57°F).
  • Rainfall: About 90 mm, with more frequent rains.
  • Sea temperature: +21°C (70°F), though beach activity slows.
  • Highlight: Tannat wine tours and tastings.

May

  • Autumn setting in: Daytime highs of +19°C (66°F), cooler evenings at +11°C (52°F).
  • Rainfall: Around 100 mm, more frequent rainy days.
  • Sea temperature: +19°C (66°F), mostly too cool for swimming.
  • Visit: Colonia del Sacramento for historical tours.

June

  • Cooler months begin: Average daytime temperature of +16°C (61°F), nights drop to +9°C (48°F).
  • Rainfall: 95 mm, consistent but light showers.
  • Activities: Explore hot springs in Salto and Paysandú.
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Winter peak: Daytime averages +15°C (59°F), nights as low as +8°C (46°F).
  • Rainfall: 90 mm, frequent light rains.
  • Indoor activities: Visit Montevideo’s museums and cultural sites.

August

  • End of winter: Daytime highs of +16°C (61°F), nights around +8°C (46°F).
  • Rainfall: 85 mm, occasional light showers.
  • Festivities: Enjoy National Independence Day celebrations.

September

  • Spring emerges: Daytime temperatures of +18°C (64°F), nights at +10°C (50°F).
  • Rainfall: 75 mm, frequent light rain.
  • Ideal for: Exploring nature reserves and hiking.

October

  • Mild and warming: Daytime highs of +21°C (70°F), nights at +12°C (54°F).
  • Rainfall: 85 mm, moderate showers.
  • Highlights: Visit Punta del Este before the tourist rush.
Uruguay (c) Wikipedia

November

  • Pleasant spring: Daytime temperatures of +24°C (75°F), nights around +15°C (59°F).
  • Rainfall: 80 mm, fewer rainy days.
  • Events: Primavera Gaucha, a traditional spring festival.

December

  • Start of summer: Daytime highs of +27°C (81°F), nights at +18°C (64°F).
  • Rainfall: 85 mm, brief showers.
  • Sea temperature: +22°C (72°F), great for beach activities.
  • Festivities: Christmas and New Year celebrations, beach parties in Punta del Este.

Uruguay offers a diverse array of activities and climates throughout the year, making it a versatile travel destination. Whether you’re drawn to its lively beaches, historic towns, or cultural festivals, there’s always a perfect time to explore this vibrant country.

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