Weather and climate is one of the many benefits of living in Medellín. Medellín is known as “La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera”, the city of eternal spring. The city has a comfortable climate that is consistent year-round due to being located at a high elevation of about 4,900 feet and also being near the equator.
Medellín technically has a tropical rain-forest climate that borders on a subtropical highland climate. Because of the elevation, it’s not as hot in Medellín as other cites at the same latitude close to the equator.
However, at times it can get hot in Medellín. The all-time record high in Medellín was reportedly 100.4 °F (38 °C). Medellín also has two rainy seasons when it can rain 21 or more days each month.
In this article, we look at the weather in Medellín in detail including temperature ranges, temperatures in different neighborhoods, the typical rainfall and humidity in the city.
Temperatures by Month in Medellín
Medellín’s average annual temperature is 72.5 °F (22.5 °C). The average temperature in the city during the year typically only varies by about 1 °F. During an average day in the city the temperature typically ranges from 63.2 to 82.1 °F (17.4 to 27.8 °C).
The average temperature per month as well as the average high and average low temperatures per month can be seen in the following table:
Temperatures by Neighborhood
Not everyone is aware that the temperature in different neighborhoods in the Medellín metro area typically varies by up to 4 degrees Celsius or over 7 degrees Fahrenheit for the high temperature of the day.
El Centro is the neighborhood that normally has the warmest high temperature during the day. While several neighborhoods popular with foreigners can have lower temperatures. To demonstrate this I looked at the temperature in several neighborhoods in the city at 3pm yesterday.
I used the Ciudadanos Cientificos mobile app used to monitor pollution sensors in the city. These pollution sensors also report the current temperature. The following table shows what I found:
So, at 3 pm while it was 81.21 °F in El Centro it was only 74.25 °F in Sabaneta near Parque Sabaneta, almost 7 °F cooler. In El Pobaldo at Ciudad del Rio it was 5.7 °F cooler than in El Centro. And up the hills in Sabaneta and El Poblado it’s typically another 2 degrees’ Fahrenheit cooler.
While this is just one sample and isn’t scientific, I have looked at this mobile app many times in the afternoon and it’s normally 5-8 degree’s Fahrenheit cooler in Sabaneta and El Poblado than in El Centro. El Centro tends to have the highest temperature in the metro area. You can use this mobile app yourself to see the pollution level and temperature at sensors throughout the city.
This demonstrates that it is possible to choose a neighborhood to live in Medellín with lower high temperatures. The lower parts of the valley like El Centro and Laureles-Estadio tend to have higher temperatures. For example, I have met some expats living in Laureles-Estadio that have air-conditioning.
Up the hills in El Poblado, Envigado and Sabeneta temperatures can be noticeably cooler (up to about 9-10 °F cooler) than in El Centro. And further up the hills in areas like Rionegro near the international airport the temperature is even cooler.
Rainfall by Month in Medellín
Medellín has two rainy seasons during the year: April to May and September to November as seen in the following table.
During these rainiest months, it typically rains at least 21 days each month. But keep in mind when it rains in Medellín this is normally a relatively short shower. And it doesn’t necessarily rain in all the neighborhoods in the city at the same time or same day. It also rarely rains for an extended period in the city.
The driest months in Medellín are typically December, January, February and March.
I almost always carry a small umbrella with me in a backpack. In my experience, you never know when it may rain in the city or in a particular neighborhood. And the weather forecasts for Medellín are frequently inaccurate.
Humidity by Month in Medellín
The average humidity for the year in Medellín is 67.5 percent. The average humidity each month in the city ranges from 62.6 percent to 71.7 percent as seen in the following table.
Average Daily Sunshine Hours by Month
For the entire year, Medellín averages 5.1 sunshine hours per day. Each month this average number of sunshine days varies from 4.1 to 6.4 sunshine hours per day as seen in the following table:
The Bottom Line: Weather and Climate
Medellín is famous for having a spring-like climate year-round. The weather is a benefit of living in the city since it is possible to live without heating or air-conditioning. I have lived nearly seven years in the city without heating or air-conditioning. I only have a few fans at home. And I am now completely spoiled by the climate and dislike going places with cold temperatures and snow or hot temperatures.
Keep in mind that temperatures in the city can vary by neighborhood as seen in the above article. So it is possible to chose a place to live or stay that has lower high temperatures during the day.
The rainiest months in Medellín are normally April to May and September to November. So, if you are planning a visit to the city and want to avoid many days with some rain, these months should be avoided.
But my father visited earlier this month during the rainy season and he liked the weather. He really didn’t experience much rain, as it didn’t rain every day. And when it rained, the rain was typically for no more than a few hours. Even during the rainy season, it averages over four sunshine hours per day.
During the rainy season the weather forecast may be for rain every day. But what this actually means is that it may rain for a few hours but normally not everywhere in the city.
What do you think about the weather and climate in Medellín?