Many many people decide to visit Buenos Aires during the summer months here, because they like warm weather. Well, it is certainly warm here! (Nearly 100 Fahrenheit yesterday with astounding humidity). But what most people touring Buenos Aires don’t know is that in summer time in the Southern Hemisphere (December, January and February, just to be clear), Buenos Aires is prone to rain.
And not just a little rain… it has been known to rain several inches in only a few hours, causing flooding in certain parts of the city. Why? Well, Buenos Aires is over 400 years old and is built on a river bed (basically). What this means is that not only is there not adequate drainage for when it rains hard (and it rains REALLY REALLY REALLY… REALLY hard here sometimes), but the ground tends to be already saturated with water, leaving very little room to drain more off.
So, in certain parts of the city, like the intersection of Juan B. Justo and Santa Fe (also known as Puente Pacifico), and in the Bosques de Palermo, you will find giant puddles for days that don’t evaporate fast because its humid all the time!
Here is what you can do if it rains hard:
1. Call taxis at least an hour in advance. When it rains here, it usually pours, and that means that portenos all get into cabs because they hate getting wet! There will be significant delays but an hour should do it.
2. Pay attention to the weather forecast. It’s pretty easy to predict rain in Buenos Aires in the summer, so look at the weather report online.
3. Wear rubber flip flops. Your feet will certainly get wet when it rains, and fortunately, it is warm rain during the summer in BA, and so this will save you walking around in soggy shoes. And we are totally fine if you show up this way to one of our fine wine tastings in Buenos Aires. We totally understand having to adjust to the rain!
4. Do things that are close and in your neighborhood. If you know its going to probably rain on a certain day of your stay in Buenos Aires, plan on visiting the sites close to your hotel or lodging.