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Weather in Lima: What to Expect

December 6, 2023 by Britt

As the gateway for travel to Peru, the capital of Lima provides the ideal start or end to a memorable vacation. Get the know the weather in Lima, so you can better plan how you’ll spend time in this vibrant metropolis.

City Weather Guide

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Seasons in Lima

Peru is in the Southern Hemisphere with seasons opposite to those of the Northern Hemisphere.

Built on an arid coastal floodplain flanked by the foothills of the Andes and only 12 degrees south of the equator, Lima has a climate you probably wouldn’t expect. Here, the heat of the tropical sun is moderated by the cold Humboldt Current that flows northward along the coast of Peru. This keeps temperatures in the city mild with almost no rain and high humidity year-round.

In Lima, the seasons are distinguished by a sunshine-filled summer and a cloudy winter with gradual changes in between.

Summer in Lima

Summertime rides off the coattails of several cloudy winter days, bringing with it much-welcomed sunshine and warmer temperatures in the mid-80s Fahrenheit (around 29 Celcius). Do as locals do during summer in Lima and spend as much of your free time enjoying the outdoors – just don’t forget a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen!

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Complement your city tours with these outdoor activities:

Lima Tours:

Winter in Lima

In general, winter weather in Lima is mild and you can explore the city without interruptions or delays from extreme weather. Bring a sweatshirt for added warmth and wear pants, and you should be comfortable while you’re out and about.

Wintertime in Lima is cloudy. Average daytime temperatures are in the 60s Fahrenheit (16 to 20 Celcius), and conditions might be damp and misty, but it never downpours. The high humidity does, however, bring a penetrating chill, notably in the coastal districts of Miraflores and Barranco, where a breeze can pick up.

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Fill your leisure time during the winter months with these activities:

Trip Planning Tip

The diverse geography of Peru – desert coast, high mountains, and humid jungle – results in local weather patterns that vary widely by altitude and region.

Many of our travelers are from the United States, Canada, and countries across Europe and plan their trips to Peru in June, July, and August when it’s their summer. These months coincide with the dry season in the highlands of Peru and are the most popular time to go to Machu Picchu and Cusco. Meanwhile, down at sea level in Lima, the weather is much different. Understanding these different weather conditions and seasons throughout the country helps you better prepare for your trip and plan activities accordingly. Our team of experts is here to answer your questions and customize your perfect trip to Peru. Contact Inca Expert.

*This article was updated on April 9, 2020.

About the author

Britt is a California native who left her home to explore South America in 2013 and now lives in Peru. She's just a little obsessed about planning getaways with her family, scuba diving, and trekking.

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