Average Weather in La Paz Argentina
In La Paz, the summers are hot and mostly clear and the winters are short, cold, dry, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 90°F and is rarely below 29°F or above 98°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit La Paz for warm-weather activities are from early January to mid April and from mid October to early January.
The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from November 16 to March 9, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is January 7, with an average high of 90°F and low of 68°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from May 18 to August 15, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is July 11, with an average low of 37°F and high of 60°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
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Crystal Springs, Mississippi, United States (4,765 miles away); De Aar, South Africa (5,177 miles); and Gilgandra, Australia (7,361 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to La Paz (view comparison).
In La Paz, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in La Paz begins around August 22 and lasts for 8.2 months, ending around April 27. On February 17, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 82% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 18% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around April 27 and lasts for 3.8 months, ending around August 22. On May 31, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 48% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 52% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in La Paz varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from November 6 to March 28, with a greater than 19% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 35% on January 14.
The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from March 28 to November 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on August 2.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 35% on January 14.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. La Paz experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.4 months, from September 4 to May 16, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 10, with an average total accumulation of 2.7 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from May 16 to September 4. The least rain falls around June 22, with an average total accumulation of 0.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in La Paz varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 9 hours, 56 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 14 hours, 23 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:13 AM on December 5, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 22 minutes later at 8:35 AM on June 30. The earliest sunset is at 6:28 PM on June 11, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 15 minutes later at 8:43 PM on January 6.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in La Paz during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
La Paz experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from December 2 to April 2, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 4% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is January 9, with muggy conditions 18% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is August 4, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in La Paz experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from August 15 to February 23, with average wind speeds of more than 9.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is November 12, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.6 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.8 months, from February 23 to August 15. The calmest day of the year is June 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in La Paz varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 3.2 months, from January 6 to April 11 and for 3.6 months, from April 21 to August 8, with a peak percentage of 42% on July 4. The wind is most often from the south for 1.4 weeks, from April 11 to April 21 and for 4.2 months, from August 8 to December 15, with a peak percentage of 42% on October 16. The wind is most often from the east for 3.1 weeks, from December 15 to January 6, with a peak percentage of 34% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in La Paz throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit La Paz for general outdoor tourist activities are from early January to mid April and from mid October to early January, with a peak score in the third week of November.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit La Paz for hot-weather activities is from late November to late February, with a peak score in the first week of January.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in La Paz typically lasts for 10 months (308 days), from around August 8 to around June 13, rarely starting after September 4, or ending before May 14.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in La Paz should appear around July 31, only rarely appearing before July 24 or after August 10.
Growing Degree Days
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from October 29 to February 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is December 10, with an average of 8.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from April 29 to August 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 23, with an average of 2.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of La Paz are -33.461 deg latitude, -67.550 deg longitude, and 1,673 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of La Paz is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 56 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,667 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (207 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,736 feet).
The area within 2 miles of La Paz is covered by shrubs (58%), grassland (16%), trees (15%), and cropland (11%), within 10 miles by shrubs (88%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (65%) and grassland (16%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in La Paz, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in La Paz.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and La Paz according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at La Paz is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between La Paz and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: San Martín Airport (45%, 91 kilometers, northwest); Brigadier Mayor César Raúl Ojeda Airport (33%, 113 kilometers, east); and San Rafael Aerodrome (22%, 148 kilometers, southwest).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.