Colombia Weather

Unlike other South American countries, Colombia doesn’t have disparate geographic zones whose temperature varies from season to season. Instead, its regional climate varies in accordance with altitude, with temperatures remaining more or less constant throughout the year owing to the country’s proximity to the equator. There are also wet and dry seasons, with all the flooding and other complications to go with them.

In the north, the climate along the Caribbean coast is lushly tropical, with high humidity, warm days, and equally balmy nights. If you’re headed to Barranquilla or Cartagena, light cotton clothes and sandals are de rigueur. As you go further inland, the northern spurs of the Andes rise into view, and temperatures and humidity levels fall accordingly. Medellin, at an altitude of some 5,000 feet, has an average annual temperature of 72, while Cali to the south, at 3,300 feet, hovers around 77, causing it to be called “the city of eternal spring.”

Bogota, at 8,600 feet, is the coldest of Colombia’s major destinations, with cool days and nights that dip into the 40’s. The Andean sun can be fierce at times, and there are occasional storms that can give the city a somber aspect. Further to the southwest, the Amazon region is warm and rainy year round.

Wherever you go, you’ll want to avoid Colombia’s rainy season, whose worst months are October and November. Take special heed if you plan to go hiking, as bad road conditions are common. The two dry seasons (December to March and July to August), are the best times to visit.

Average monthly temperatures (°F) and rainfall (inches) for select locations in Colombia are shown below.

Barranquilla

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 86 87 88 89 90 90 89 89 89 88 88 87
Low 75 75 76 77 77 77 77 77 76 76 76 76
Rain 0 0 0 1 4 4 3 4 6 8 3 1

Bogota

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 66 66 67 66 65 64 64 64 65 65 65 66
Low 43 45 47 48 48 48 47 46 46 47 47 45
Rain 2 2 3 5 4 2 2 2 2 6 5 3

Cali

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 84 85 85 83 83 84 85 85 84 83 82 83
Low 67 67 67 67 67 67 66 66 66 66 66 67
Rain 2 3 4 6 4 3 1 2 3 5 4 3

Cartagena

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 85 85 86 86 87 87 87 87 87 86 86 86
Low 75 76 77 78 79 79 79 79 78 78 78 76
Rain 0 0 0 0 4 4 3 5 5 9 5 1

Medellin

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 79 80 80 79 79 80 80 80 79 78 78 78
Low 64 65 65 65 65 65 64 64 64 64 64 64
Rain 2 3 4 7 8 5 5 6 6 8 6 3

Santa Marta

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 88 89 90 90 89 89 89 88 87 87 87 88
Low 74 75 78 80 81 81 80 80 79 79 78 76
Rain 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 1 2 3 2 0

Source: Weatherbase.

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