Weather in Medellín
Medellin is located in the Aburra Valley on the western range of the Northern Andes Mountains. The city is approximately 5000 feet above sea level (1500 meters) and has a cool tropical wet climate. Daytime temperatures can reach the high 80′s and nightfall temperatures can drop to the high 50′s at times. The average annual temperature of Medellin is 72°F which has led to its distinction as the “City of Eternal Spring”. On average, temperatures in Medellin remain relatively stable throughout the year as compared to more seasonal countries such as the USA, Europe and Australia. However, due to the fact that the city sits in a valley and many of its neighborhoods reside on the mountainsides, temperatures can be slightly cooler on the surrounding mountains.
Medellin Average Temperature Graph:
The winter months produce the most rainfall in Medellin which occur in April, May, September, October and November. Summer months produce the least rainfall and occur in December, January, February and March. Average days in Medellin are partly sunny with rain in the evening and night. Early morning fog is common throughout the year in Medellin. August is typically the warmest month with high winds and more sunny days on average than any other month.
Medellin Average Rainfall Graph
- Medellin weather is famous for being springlike year around. However, the locals (paisas) do not wear shorts as often as people do in other countries. Pants and blue jeans are the norm in Medellin. T-shirts and long sleeve button ups are also popular here as people tend to be less formal in their dress.
- Bring a good lightweight jacket with you that repels water. Lightweight gloves and a cap or toboggan is recommended as well if you plan on visiting other areas around the city that lie in higher elevations (Rio Negro, Santa Elena, etc). Also bring cooler clothing if you plan on visiting areas outside the city that are on lower elevations such as Santa Fe de Antioquia.
- Bring a good compact umbrella with you. It rains frequently in Medellin.
- Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as Medellin is a large city and it is not uncommon to walk several miles in a day as you go siteseeing. This is offset somewhat by access to the rail system in Medellin called the Metro.