The climate of the Falkland Islands (or Malvinas) is cold maritime: winter is cold, windy and snowy, while summer is very cool, if not cold, and it's rainy and windy as well. Relative humidity is high, and the sky is often cloudy throughout the year. In autumn and winter, the wind can be strong. The islands are located in the South Atlantic Ocean, so they have reversed seasons in comparison with the Northern Hemisphere.
The average daily temperature of the warmest months, January and February, is about 10 °C (50 °F), with highs around 14 °C (57 °F), while the average of the coldest months, namely June, July and August, is about 2 °C (35 °F), with highs around 3/4 °C (37/39 °F). This means that the climate of these islands is almost subpolar, and it's similar to that of Iceland, although it's slightly milder.
Both the influence of the sea and the constant winds reduce the temperature range, so the islands rarely experience either warm weather or intense frosts: the highest recorded temperature is 26 °C (79 °F), while the lowest is -11 °C (12 °F). However, in the colder period, from April to October, snowfalls are frequent; moreover, wind and humidity exacerbate the feeling of cold. Some cold nights, with temperatures around freezing (0 °C or 32 °F), are possible even in summer, and in inland hills, snowfalls can occur even in this season.
Here are the average temperatures of Port Stanley.
Port Stanley - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)776320111246
Max (°C)14141286345691113
Min (°F)454543373632343434363943
Max (°F)575754464337394143485255

Precipitation is not abundant, around 550 millimeters (21.5 inches) per year; in fact, a part of it falls over Chile, on the western Andean slopes, which are not far. However, the rains are frequent and well distributed throughout the year. In fact, the westerlies blow all the year round, so weather fronts pass over the islands one after the other, bringing clouds and rain (or snow), interspersed with sunny intervals, usually short-lived, or with variable or unstable weather.
Here is the average precipitation in Port Stanley.
Port Stanley - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)654550505045404035354050545
Prec.(in)2.61.82221.81.61.61.41.41.6221.5
Days1311101111101098101112125

Stanley

On the Falkland Islands the sun is rarely seen in winter, when the sky is often cloudy, while in late spring and summer, all in all it shines for a decent number of hours.
Port Stanley - Sunshine
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hours665422234676

The sea is cold all year round, as can be seen in the following table.
Port Stanley - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)999876555678
Temp (°F)484848464543414141434546

Best Time



The best time to visit the Falklands is the austral summer, from December to February, since it's the mildest of the year. However, even in this period there are wind and rain, and sometimes it can be a bit cold. Therefore, it will be useful to bring warm clothes.

What to pack



In winter (June to August): bring warm clothes, such as a down jacket, a hat, gloves, a wind jacket, a raincoat or umbrella.
In summer (December to February): bring a sweater, a shirt, a jacket, a raincoat or umbrella.