Weather in Mar del Plata

       

Article: Walter Ferreyra. lic.walter.ferreyra@gmail.com

Translation: Adriana Romano. advromano@hotmail.com

Mar del Plata and its surroundings make up an area of great meteorological variability due to its closeness to the sea. The summer is short and usually cool. There have been maximum temperatures of 14ºC in December, and even temperatures as low as 6ºC in January mornings, a month we expect to be the hottest of the year. The days in which the temperature reaches 30ºC rarely exceed the number of ten or twelve per season. The hottest day ever recorded was in January, 1959, when the thermometer marked 43ºC.

This weather characteristic makes it impossible for Mar del Plata to compete with areas with tropical or sub-tropical climate where sea currents are warmer, like Barzil or the Caribbean. Tourists who come to the city, especially those from the metropolitan area, usually seek a change from the hot temperatures of their cities to the temperate climate of Mar del Plata.



Weather Mar del Plata
           
               

It is worth mentioning that snowstorms may occur in Mar del Plata. It is a meteorological event that takes place every 15 years or more, being the snowfalls of 1975 and 1991 especially remembered. This meteorological event is slightly more common near Sierra de los Padres and in the South coastal area, where frosts are also more frequent. During the 1990s, this phenomenon took place on four different occasions: 1991, 1994, 1995 and 1997. The last two snowfalls took place on July 10, 2004 and on June 24, 2007, although none of them as heavy as that of 1991.

In autumn and winter the so-called Sudestadas are very common. These violent storms are caused by the rotation of cold winds from the West that come moisture-laden from the Atlantic Ocean and cause heavy rains. When these take place, the average temperature is kept above 0ºC due to the thermal inversion produced by the passage of air mass through the sea.

           

Mar del Plata's Cost line.

       
           
       

These climatic conditions make the region fall into the category of temperate climate, with sufficient precipitation every month of the year and with an average temperature of 22ºC in the hottest month of the year. Other classification systems detail the area as being dominated by maritime sub-tropical air masses, hot and humid coming from the semi-permanent anticyclone of the Atlantic, with a slight thermal variation resulting from the influence of the cold Malvinas current. This climatic condition is called “sin verano térmico” (without summer heat).

As to the winds, it should be noted that there is no specific direction of them, but the tendency shows that the most relevant winds come from the north and north-west quadrant as well as from the south, with an average speed of 21 km/h. The influence of the sea breeze in the Naval Base is evidenced in the winds from the northeast region in the months of September, October and November, then becoming stronger in December, January, February and March.

As to the winds, it should be noted that there is no specific direction of them, but the tendency shows that the most relevant winds come from the north and north-west quadrant as well as from the south, with an average speed of 21 km/h. The influence of the sea breeze in the Naval Base is evidenced in the winds from the northeast region in the months of September, October and November, then becoming stronger in December, January, February and March.

Local wind blows from the sea during the afternoon and vice versa during the night, i.e. from the land to the sea.


How to reach Mar del Plata:



You can reach the city through various means of transport: there are 3 provincial roads and a highway connecting Mar del Plate and the Capital; a railway station with 29 weekly arrivals; a bus station where tickets are sold by over 50 companies; an airport that operates internationally with 6 airline companies in more than 130 weekly services, and an artificial harbor of deep water that –apart from being crucial to the fishing activity- allows cruise ships to anchor at the northern breakwater.

If you travel from Buenos Aires by car, via routes 11, 88 and 226, or via the modern and safe highway 2, the trip can take an average of four hours. But for those who decide to make the most of time, they can get to the city after a 45-minute flight. The International Airport “Astor Piazzolla” is situated only 10 minutes from downtown Mar del Plata. Three airlines operate with national destinations, with a frequency that increases significantly during the summer season.



Distances to Mar del Plata

City Km City Km
Buenos Aires 404 Catamarca 1.145
Claromecó 303 Córdoba 1.120
Corrientes 1.445 Formosa 1.695
Jujuy 2.114 La Plata 363
Mar de Ajó 190 Mendoza 1.447
Miramar 45 Monte Hermoso 406
Necochea 125 Neuquén 1.012
Paraná 909 Pinamar 134
Posadas 1.434 Rosario 700
Resistencia 1.473 Río Gallegos 2.510
San Bernardo 194 San Luis 1.333
Salta 2017 San Clemente 234
Sta. Clara del Mar 18 San Juan 1.529
Santa Fé 879 Santa Rosa 746
Santa Teresita 217 Stgo. Del Estero 1.549
Tucumán 1.714 Ushuaia 3,101
Viedma 754 Villa Gesell 113


Geographical Position

Mar del Plata is the head of General Pueyrredón District. It is located on the coast of the Argentinian Sea at coordinates 38 º 00' S and 57 º 33' W.

General Pueyrredón District area: 1,453.44 km2 , with a population of 366.6 inhabitants per Km2.

Communal Urban area: 79.48 km2 (7948 ha.)

District Boundaries

NE: District of Mar Chiquita

SW: District of General Alvarado

SE: Argentinian Sea

NW: District of Balcarce




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