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Old 05-16-2013, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Montreal
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I know that in general, Argentina north of Patagonia is warmest in the north (e.g. the Chaco, the Iguacu Falls area) and sunniest in the west (e.g. Mendoza). Which area in Argentina is the warmest and sunniest in the winter (June-August), or just one or the other? (How does such a spot compare to the coast of Santa Catarina state - e.g. Florianopolis - in southern Brazil in the winter?)
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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I think the sunniest places in the winter in Argentina are the same ones that are sunniest throughout the year: the West (e g, Mendoza, San Juan, San Luis) and the Northwest (Catamarca, Jujuy, Salta), but in this latter case it will depend also on the some other specific factors (e g, the city of Salta and the town of Cafayate are both in the province of Salta and relatively near, but Salta is considerably cloudier whereas Cafayate is very sunny).

All this is because in these places winter is the dry season.

I think the southern Brazil coast in much cloudier in the winter (and throughout the year) than the places in Argentina mentioned above.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:13 AM
 
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Catamarca looks like the sunniest: Catamarca Climate Guide, Argentina | World Climate Guide

The odd thing is that it seems to get very cloudy as you head into the Northwestern corner of the country even though it remains fairly dry, with Salta getting under 2000 hours: Salta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Catamarca looks like the sunniest: Catamarca Climate Guide, Argentina | World Climate Guide

The odd thing is that it seems to get very cloudy as you head into the Northwestern corner of the country even though it remains fairly dry, with Salta getting under 2000 hours: Salta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yes, but that (I think) depends on which side of the hills/mountains the place is located in. They are like microclimates. Salta is very cloudy but Cafayate is very sunny. Read my previous post.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Montreal
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I think the sunniest places in the winter in Argentina are the same ones that are sunniest throughout the year: the West (e g, Mendoza, San Juan, San Luis) and the Northwest (Catamarca, Jujuy, Salta), but in this latter case it will depend also on the some other specific factors (e g, the city of Salta and the town of Cafayate are both in the province of Salta and relatively near, but Salta is considerably cloudier whereas Cafayate is very sunny).

All this is because in these places winter is the dry season.

I think the southern Brazil coast in much cloudier in the winter (and throughout the year) than the places in Argentina mentioned above.
It's odd that the Brazilian coast is cloudier than Argentina despite being warmer. Normally, the closer you get to the tropics in continents with significant temperate zones, such as North America, Europe, or Australia, the sunnier as well as warmer it gets. It seems that South America, along with possibly Asia, is an exception!
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