Lima Weather Guide

Don't let its coastal/desert location fool you, the weather in Lima is mild to surprisingly cool, although plagued with humidity and morning fogs from December to April and low misty clouds from May to November, which, thankfully, pass quickly. Summer and winter also take place over a much longer period of time than usual, while autumn and spring act as mere transitional seasons. It's also one of the driest capitals in the world with little to no significant rainfall.

Season and Clothing

Summer: December to April

While most of the time Lima experiences mild to cool temperatures, summer is the notable exception. The peak tourist season commonly experiences sunny, hot and humid days, making for an ideal time to hit the local surf scene. Morning fogs pass quickly and while it's never too hot, the weather is still humid with maximum daytime temps of up to 28 degrees Celsius. Sunsets in summer are also notably vibrant in Lima, particularly when viewed from the seaside cliffs. During this season a number of notable events take place including the Anniversary of Lima on January 18, celebrating when the city was founded with a parade and traditional dancing, as well as National Pisco Sour Day (Dia Nacional del Pisco Sour) on the first Saturday in February, and Carnaval - held just before Lent.

Average temperatures: 19 - 23 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Summer clothes, a bathing suit and sandals.
Don't forget: Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.

Autumn: May

Taking place in just a month, autumn is a quick transitional season with an average daily temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. During this time, the tourist crowds tend to decrease, as do accommodation prices, so if you're travelling to Peru on a budget, autumn is a great time to travel to Lima. Weather-wise, heading into winter Lima is blanketed by low clouds, mist and fog. Take advantage of the lesser crowds to see the ruins of Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores, Pachacamac just outside Lima and venture further afield to Machu Picchu and Cusco - all of which will look suitably mystical shrouded in mist.

Average temperatures: 16 - 21 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Lightweight layers and comfortable walking shoes.
Don't forget: A light coat for night-time.

Winter: June to October

In contrast to the sunny days of summer, Lima in winter experiences windy weather, cloudy grey skies and cool temperatures. Despite low temperatures of around 15 degrees Celsius, humidity is still quite high during winter, particularly in June, so it can be damp and cool at the same time. Drizzling rain known as garúa is also common at this time, often falling in the mornings and evenings. While it may sound a little gloomy, by world standards winter is incredibly mild in Lima. You can mostly get around during the day in jeans and a shirt, and numerous notable events take place during this season such as Fiestas de Patrias - a 3-day celebration of the anniversary of the independence of Peru in late July, and Señor de los Milagros (Lord of Miracles) - the biggest procession in Latin America that occurs in late October or early November.

Average temperatures: 15 - 18 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering, a jumper, scarf and comfortable boots.
Don't forget: A warm coat for night-time.

Spring: November

Another short transitional season and a low tourist season, spring in Lima goes very from cool to warm in a matter of weeks, and accommodation in spring is often lower in price due to the decrease in tourist numbers. Another advantage of visiting Lima in November is that the festivals of Todos Santos and Dia de los Muertos fall during this month and is when local Limeños celebrate the dead in a flurry of colour and traditions. Preceding this is Dia de la Cancion Criolla (Day of the Creole Song) on October 31showcasing Peru's best Creole musicians alongside Halloween celebrations.

Average temperatures: 16 - 21 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Light layers and comfortable walking shoes.
Don't forget: A camera and a jumper for the beginning of the month.