Climate and Average Weather in Colombia
Colombia has a wide range of climate types, including tropical rainforests, steppes, savannas, deserts and mountain climates. Most parts of Colombia however are affected by a tropical rainforest climate. This is characterized by quite high temperatures throughout the year and fairly high amounts of rainfall, especially along the western coastal areas.
On the high plains to the east of the mountains there is quite a bit of rain. As you move more eastwards, the amounts of precipitation decreases significantly. The far north-east of Colombia is the driest, here you find a combination of a warm desert climate and warm steppe climate.
The seasons in Colombia are mostly determined by the precipitation pattern. The north has a rainy season that runs from May to November and is relatively dry in the other months. The west coast along the Pacific ocean has no real rainy season, here it rains a lot throughout the year. In the Amazon region in southern Colombia, the seasons are reversed. The period June to September here is less wet than the rest of the year, but the amounts of rain are still quite high in the so called 'dry' months.
As you can see it is not so easy to name a period as the best travel time. Colombia has such a great diversity in rainfall patterns that the best travel periods vary each part of Colombia. If you look at all the different climate charts, the period December to March wins as the best travel time. For large parts of Colombia, this is considered the driest period.
Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information?
Please select the city below you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.