Average Weather in Mar del Plata Argentina
In Mar del Plata, the summers are warm and wet, the winters are cold, and it is windy and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 77°F and is rarely below 31°F or above 88°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Mar del Plata for warm-weather activities is from late November to late March.
The warm season lasts for 3.4 months, from December 7 to March 20, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is January 14, with an average high of 77°F and low of 60°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 28 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest day of the year is July 19, with an average low of 40°F and high of 54°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
In Mar del Plata, 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 Mar del Plata begins around October 17 and lasts for 5.9 months, ending around April 14. On January 21, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 69% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 31% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around April 14 and lasts for 6.1 months, ending around October 17. On June 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 57% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 43% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Mar del Plata varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.6 months, from October 3 to April 22, with a greater than 28% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on January 27.
The drier season lasts 5.4 months, from April 22 to October 3. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on July 6.
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 38% on January 27.
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. Mar del Plata experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Mar del Plata. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 31, with an average total accumulation of 4.3 inches.
The least rain falls around July 1, with an average total accumulation of 1.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Mar del Plata varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is June 21, with 9 hours, 31 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 14 hours, 49 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:20 AM on December 7, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 46 minutes later at 8:07 AM on June 28. The earliest sunset is at 5:36 PM on June 13, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 40 minutes later at 8:16 PM on January 4.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Mar del Plata during 2018.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
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.
Mar del Plata experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from December 9 to April 2, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 7% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is February 8, with muggy conditions 27% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is July 26, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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 Mar del Plata does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.4 miles per hour of 12.8 miles per hour throughout.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Mar del Plata varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 1.6 months, from May 22 to July 11, with a peak percentage of 39% on June 16. The wind is most often from the north for 10 months, from July 11 to May 22, with a peak percentage of 39% on January 1.
Mar del Plata is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.4 months, from December 25 to April 7, with an average temperature above 65°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is February 11, with an average temperature of 68°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.8 months, from June 19 to October 12, with an average temperature below 54°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is August 11, with an average temperature of 50°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Mar del Plata 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 time of year to visit Mar del Plata for general outdoor tourist activities is from late November to late March, with a peak score in the second week of January.
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 Mar del Plata for hot-weather activities is from late December to late February, with a peak score in the second 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 Mar del Plata typically lasts for 8.7 months (264 days), from around September 16 to around June 7, rarely starting before August 19 or after October 16, and rarely ending before May 7 or after July 2.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
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 Mar del Plata should appear around August 24, only rarely appearing before August 10 or after September 8.
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 3.3 months, from November 5 to February 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is December 30, with an average of 8.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from April 28 to August 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 27, with an average of 2.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Mar del Plata are -38.002 deg latitude, -57.558 deg longitude, and 52 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Mar del Plata contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 174 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 54 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (427 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,358 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Mar del Plata is covered by artificial surfaces (68%) and water (23%), within 10 miles by water (49%) and shrubs (15%), and within 50 miles by water (56%) and cropland (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Mar del Plata, 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 is only a single weather station, Astor Piazzolla International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Mar del Plata.
At a distance of 8 kilometers from Mar del Plata, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Mar del Plata according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , 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 aiports 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.