Seasons in Colombia

Colombia is located on the northern part of South America. It has no distinct seasons. Weather conditions don’t vary in big scales during whole year. Weather is more dependent on location and altitude than on time of the year. No wonder that Colombia is called “Country of eternal spring”.

There are several climatic zones in Colombia. Caribbean coasts have hot climate with rain seasons, Amazonian region is located in zone of tropical weather conditions and foothills of Andes have warm weather. Also temperature depends on altitude. It reduces by about 60C per each 1000 meters of altitude.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Colombia

As it was mentioned Colombia has no significant variety of annual temperatures. In certain location average temperature through whole changes for about 10C. The main difference between seasons is in amount of precipitation. The end of the dry season is in March. With beginning of spring showers are intensified on the most of territories. Spring is not the best time for visiting Colombia.

At the Caribbean coasts dry season lasts a bit longer. In Barranquilla for example showers are begin by the end April. But despite the rainfalls temperature of water in Caribbean Sea is comfortable for swimming through the whole year. Pacific coast have bigger amount of precipitation and water temperature there is slightly lower yet suitable for swimming.

The climate of the spring months

(Bogota)

March
Max average t°: +19 °C (66.2 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")
April
Max average t°: +19 °C (66.2 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (51.8 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 100 mm (3.9")
May
Max average t°: +19 °C (66.2 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (51.8 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 17 days
Precipitation: 105 mm (4.1")

Spring holidays

  • March 19th: St. Joseph's Day.
  • March 24th (2016): Holy Thursday.
  • March 25th (2016): Good Friday.
  • March 27th (2016): Easter.
  • End of April: Festival of Hispanic Theater in Bogota.
  • May 1st: Labour Day.

Summer in Colombia

Summer in Colombia means increasing of rains. Depending on region Heavy rains are begins by the ending of May or beginning of June. Amount of precipitation can reach 10000 mm during this period. It means daily showers with average amount of 70 mm. So you must mind this circumstance while packing for vacation in Colombia.

Another interesting feature in Columbian weather is difference between daily temperatures. While average temperature of year stays the same difference between temperatures of morning, daytime, evening and night is significant. At night it is usually colder for 50C to 100C. So be sure to take some sweaters. And mind altitude dependence of temperature..

The climate of the summer months

(Bogota)

June
Max average t°: +18 °C (64.4 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (51.8 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 16 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")
Jule
Max average t°: +18 °C (64.4 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 16 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1.8")
August
Max average t°: +19 °C (66.2 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 13 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.6")


Summer holidays

  • June 1st: Ascension.
  • June 22nd: Corpus Cristi.
  • June 29th: St. Peter and Paul's Day.
  • June 30th: Sacred Heart of Jesus.
  • July 20th: Independence Day.
  • August 7th: Day of the Battle of Boyacá.
  • August 15th:

Autumn in Colombia

Middle of autumn in Colombia means ending of rainy season. Not that the difference between the dry and rainy season is essential, but the rainfall is still reduced. Amount of precipitation gradually reduces up to December. During autumn visits to Columbia you won’t be able to see familiar swelling of nature. Valleys, plains an Andean slopes remain their green coverage through the year.

Visitors may be interested in the parade of jeeps in Armenia (city in Colombia). Heavily loaded jeeps from the surrounding mountain villages are ride through the streets of the city periodically even on two wheels. After World War II the United States had too much Willis jeeps and they sold them throughout Latin America at an affordable cost for farmers. Since that time this car is very common in Colombia.

The climate of the autumn months

(Bogota)

September
Max average t°: +19 °C (66.2 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 12 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")
October
Max average t°: +19 °C (66.2 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 18 days
Precipitation: 145 mm (5.7")
November
Max average t°: +19 °C (66.2 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 15 days
Precipitation: 140 mm (5.5")

Autumn holidays

  • October 12th: Columbus Day.
  • Middle of October: Jeeps parade.
  • November 1st: All Saint’s Day.
  • November 11th: Cartagena's Independence Day

Winter in Colombia

Winter time in Colombia is the driest season as far as this concept applicable for this country. Howbeit winter is the best time for visiting Columbia. Amount of precipitations reduces in period between December and March. Average day temperature for the so called “hot zone” of country is about 320C. These weather conditions are at 86 percent of the country’s territory. Same time in Bogota which located higher than other cities temperature will be bit lower about 250C.

Since biggest part of Colombians is Catholic there are lots of traditional holidays through the winter. But you won’t see any snow on Christmas. In February in Barranquilla held the Carnival which is celebrated in scales comparable to Brazilian.

The climate of the winter months

(Bogota)

December
Max average t°: +19 °C (66.2 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 12 days
Precipitation: 85 mm (3.3")
January
Max average t°: +19 °C (66.2 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2")
February
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2")

Winter holidays

  • December 8th: Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • December 25th: Catholic Christmas.
  • January 1st: New Year’s Day.
  • January 2-7: Carnival of White and Black.
  • January 6th: Epiphany.
  • Late January: Grand Carnival in Barranquilla.