The weather in Tierra del Fuego is extremely unstable at any season of the year, changing completely from one day to another or even during the same day. It is not as severe as people think, since mountains and the sea attenuate winds and the temperature. The area along the Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains higher than 1000 m is protected against very strong winds, which exceptionally reach 100 km per hour. The climate is generally humid around the storm-battered swamps, typical of remote areas of the south and west of the archipelago. The maritime climate is surprisingly mild even in winter, but its unpredictability makes waterproof clothing essential throughout the year Tierra del Fuego, alike the rest of Patagonia, is an area of strong winds from western quadrant. Between August and September they become stronger, generally weakening during the rest of the year. High density rains are compatible with the deciduous plants and evergreen forests, which cover the mountainous southern half. In summer, particularly in January, the average temperature is 9.6 C° at night and it may rise to 18 C° during the day. The lowest temperatures are registered in winter (end of July / beginning of August) with an average of 1 C°. Autumn and spring are considerably unstable as regards the weather. Due to its proximity to the south pole and the variations of the January solstice, a peculiar characteristic of the island is that in the summer sunlight may last seventeen hours and a half hours (January) whereas in winter (July), it may last only seven or eight hours, even when days are clear and bright. In winter, the snow-covered landscape changes its appearance. Days are usually clear and bright.

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