Santiago is the capital and economic centre of Chile. With its museums, events, theaters, restaurants, bars and other entertainment and cultural opportunities, it is the political and cultural centre of the country. Its central location makes it a convenient base point to further explore the country. Due to its proximity to both mountains and the Pacific ocean, It is possible to ski in the nearby Andes and later be on the beach, all in the same day. Dry, warm-summer Mediterranean climate: warm dry summers (November to March) with temperatures reaching up to 35 °C on the hottest days; winters (June to August) are more humid with cold mornings; typical maximum daily temperatures of 13 °C, and minimums of a few degrees above freezing.