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Chile is in the southern hemisphere. The climate varies tremendously from north to south. The north has a desert climates with some of the earth's driest places. It is warm all year round. There is a very large daily range of temperate, up to 30 degrees celsius. Central Chile has a mediterranean type climate with long, hot summers and cool, wet winters. The best seasons are spring, September-November and fall, March-May. The Southern part of Chile has a more rainy climate, particularly in Northern Patagonia, in the far south, around Punta Arenas is drier. The winter temperatures are quite cold, often below 0 celsius in Patagonia and it can be very windy. The summer temperatures are mild in Patagonia and warmer in Southern Continental Chile. Coastal Chile is much cooler than the interior valleys, despite the narrowness of the country, due to the influence of the cold Humboldt current. The ocean is really not suitable for bathing except in northern Chile. The Andes mountains are permanently snow covered and in the winter, June through August, offer excellent skiing. There are well-developed ski resorts in Central and Southern Chile.