Weather in Colombia

Find out the latest weather in Colombia with our six-day Colombia weather forecast below. The best time to visit Colombia weather-wise is in the dry season, between December and March or July and August, especially if you plan on hiking or trekking. Many festivals, fiestas and cultural events happen at this time too, making it a good time to meet and interact with the locals.

Colombia has a warm and tropical climate that is generally dictated by altitude, and you can experience completely different climates within just a couple of hours of travel. Temperatures in the eastern lowlands are among the hottest in South America whilst those in the Andean range can fall well below freezing. In Cartagena the temperature is typical of a tropical beach town, with highs around 30°C (85°F) in the dry season. However, Bogota is always spring-like and cool, with temperatures averaging only 14°C (57°F). The Amazon doesn't have a uniform climate but is generally quite wet year-round. The rainy season in Colombia is from May to November, and rain tends to be more common and heavier on the Pacific coast and in the Andes.

The main rainy season occurs in the summer. In the eastern lowlands, as well as in the Pacific and Caribbean coastal lowlands, equatorial and tropical climates prevail. Temperatures in Colombia are high and it is humid all year round with a lot of precipitation (over 1,000 millimetres - 40 inches). No season is completely dry. However, winters are comparatively drier in the north and the northwest. The weather is much more varied and complex in the mountainous areas of the country. These variations are due to the altitude, the amount of exposure to the sun and to prevailing winds, as well as the topographic position.

You will often find extreme variations in the climate in Colombia over short distances, especially when it comes to precipitation. Mountain slopes that face winds bearing rain get plenty of rainfall, while a dry climate prevails over adjacent slopes and valleys that are sheltered from the winds. It is mainly the vertical zoning of the Andes which determines the climatic differences that affect vegetation, as well as the time of sowing and harvesting for the farming communities. In the Andes you can find the entire climactic range -- from torrid equatorial weather to the intense cold of the permafrost above 15,000 feet.

Required Clothing: You will need to bring along lightweight and also waterproof clothing if you're visiting the northern and coastal areas in the rainy season. For the upland and mountainous regions, you will need medium to heavyweight clothing.

Six-day forecast (Details)°F | °C
Jul 03
Hi:  17°C
Lo:  8°C
Jul 04
Hi:  16°C
Lo:  10°C
Jul 05
Hi:  17°C
Lo:  9°C
Jul 06
Hi:  17°C
Lo:  9°C
Jul 07
Hi:  17°C
Lo:  10°C
Jul 08
Hi:  19°C
Lo:  10°C