Medellin weather: when is the best time to visit Medellin?

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What’s the weather like in Medellin? What can we say about the weather in Medellin on a trip to the capital of Antioquia department, one of Colombia’s most dynamic cities? Does its nickname of “the city of eternal spring” have anything to do with its climate?

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the weather in Medellin, so you can imagine what to expect during your visit. What’s the best time to visit Medellin? Is it cold in Medellin? How hot or cold can you expect?

You’ll find out everything you need to know about Medellin’s weather.

Medellin weather

  • Climate classification: temperate and dry*
  • Rainfall: bimodal (two dry seasons and two wet seasons)
  • Average temperature: 17-28°C
  • Precipitation: 227 days/year
  • Average humidity: 68
  • Average sunshine: 5h/day
  • Altitude: 1495m
  • Region: Andes
  • Department: Antioquia Antioquia

*Classification Caldas – Lang

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Weather in Medellin

Best time to visit the city of eternal springtime

Medellin weather: when is the best time to visit Medellin?
Weather Medellin

Medellin is nicknamed the “city of eternal spring”, with the reputation of having one of the most pleasant climates in Colombia. In other words, it’s neither too hot nor too cold.

Technically, Medellin’s climate is defined as temperate and dry, which may seem surprising given that it rains quite frequently. But this classification can be explained by a very low average humidity level compared to other regions of Colombia. Surprisingly, Medellin has the same humidity level as arid regions such as Guajira or the Tatacoa desert.

Paradoxically, it rains very often in Medellin , and the city is at the upper end of the country in terms of annual rainfall.

As elsewhere in Colombia, Medellin’s climate is divided into dry seasons (verano) and wet seasons (invierno), in the form of a “bimodal” regime: two dry seasons and two wet seasons.

  • Verano: dry season
  • Invierno: wet season
SeasonClimateMonths
Veranodry seasonDecember, January, February, July, August
Inviernowet season April, May, October, November

Medellin weather: the driest months are from mid-December to mid-March, and from early July to late August. The wettest months are from mid-March to mid-June and from mid-September to mid-December.

What’s the weather like in Medellin?

Climate, temperatures, humidity, sun, rain

Medellin weather: when is the best time to visit Medellin?

What’s the weather like in Medellin month by month?

Here’s some information to help you see for yourself which is the best season to visit Medellin. In this table we give you the average weather data for each month:

  • Minimum and maximum temperatures
  • Daily sunshine duration
  • Percentage of humidity
  • Rainfall amounts
MonthSeasonTemperature (°C) Sunshine(h/d) Humidity (%)Precipitation (mm/d)
JanuaryVerano17°-28°5,5h66%63mm
FebruaryVerano17°-28°5,4h65%81mm
MarchIntermediate17°-28°4,8h67%129mm
AprilInvierno17°-28°4,1h70%170mm
MayInvierno17°-28°4,5h70%213mm
JuneIntermediate17°-28°5,5h66%149mm
JulyVerano17°-28°6,4h63%133mm
AugustVerano17°-28°6,0h63%139mm
SeptemberIntermediate17°-28°4,9h67%181mm
OctoberInvierno17°-28°4,3h71%226mm
NovemberInvierno17°-28°4,5h72%159mm
DecemberVerano17°-28°4,9h70%104mm
What’s the weather like in Medellin month by month?

Rain in Medellin

Best time to visit the city of eternal springtime

Medellin weather: when is the best time to visit Medellin?

With 227 days of precipitation per year, Medellin is a rainy city .

The average total annual rainfall in Medellin is 1.752 mm. If we compare this figure with Bogotá, for example, it rains twice as much!

Season Number of days with rain in Medellin (average)
Verano15 days per month
Invierno23 days per month
All year round227 days a year
How much does it rain in Medellin?

As expected, it rains frequently in Medellin. But that doesn’t mean it rains all day long. In Colombia, we often have to deal with thunderstorms. The most frequent phenomenon is that it rains once during the day, for a relatively short time, and then passes.

Temperatures in Medellin

Is it hot?

Medellin weather: when is the best time to visit Medellin?
Medellin weather

That’s it! There you have it, the main reason why Medellin is called the city of eternal spring! The average temperature in Medellin is 22°C all year round. Not too hot, not too cold!

Average temperatures in Medellin22°C
Average maximum temperature28°C
Average minimum temperature17°C
What’s the temperature like in Medellin?

The weather in Medellin is very pleasant, with ideal temperatures. Maximum temperatures are reasonable, with a pleasant 28°C that doesn’t suffocate. And minimum temperatures are really pleasant, averaging 17°C…

Sunshine in Medellin

Best time to visit Medellin

Medellin weather: when is the best time to visit Medellin?
Climate in Medellin

Medellin enjoys average sunshine. With a total ofaround 1.860 hours of sunshine a year, it’s right in the middle of the national average. Sunshine is measured as the duration of “direct sunlight uninterrupted by clouds”. (This does not mean that it rains the rest of the time!)

Season Average hours of sunshine in Medellin
Verano5.5h of sunshine per day on average
Invierno4.5h of sunshine per day on average
Is it sunny in Medellin?

The cloudless sun shines in Medellin for around 4.5 hours a day during the rainy months
In dry months, the sun shines for 5.5 hours a day.

As a reminder, in Colombia the days are the same length all year round. And as we’re close to the equator, the day lasts 12 hours.

Best time to visit Medellin

Weather in the city of eternal springtime

Medellin weather: when is the best time to visit Medellin?
Medellin weather

Medellin is a city that can be visited all year round.

We can’t stress this enough, but rain is no obstacle to traveling in Colombia. It’s rare to have full days of rain like in France. On the other hand, daily showers are possible. Especially during the wet months of April, May, October and November.

Best months to visit MedellinRainy months
January, February, March, June, July, August, September, December April, May, October, November
What are the best months to visit Medellin?

The best time to visit Medellin is during the “verano” seasons, i.e. December to March and June to September.

Best things to do in Medellin

All year long

The city of eternal spring is one of Colombia’s most visited destinations. In town, most tourists visit the Plaza Botero and the Comuna 13 district, but there are plenty of other things to do in Medellin. Around the city, the region offers many possibilities in terms of mountain activities and the discovery of pretty villages such as Guatape, Santa Fé, Jerico or Jardin…

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Medellin City Tours and local english tour guides to discover Medellin’s region

Medellin City Tour

All year long

We recommend a range of guided tours in english to discover the secrets of the Colombian capital and the history of Colombia in general at first hand.

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