Santiago has a very pleasant
Mediterranean type climate with a wet season between May and August.
This is also the coolest time of the year, but the temperature,
even then, rarely drops below freezing.
Santiago, is located at about 34 degrees south latitude, about
the same lattude as Bakersfield, California, in the northern hemisphere.
The climate is termed "Mediterranean" because it is
similar to those found around the Mediterranean in Europe, and
also at comparable latitudes on the west coast of the United States.
Mediterranean climates receive their rainfall during the winter
months and are generally dry during the summer. The dry summer
months in Santiago, of course, are December, January, and February.
North of Santiago dry
conditions prevail throughout the year (Iquique), and to the south
conditions are rainy throughout the year (Valdivia).