Medellin´s Climate

Wikipedia has a good English  summary table of the climate here in Medellin. The national weather service table in Spanish is found here.

Rainfall and Sunshine Days

Rainfall is characterized by two rainy  seasons and two dry seasons.  Normally we get some rain year around but the periods between mid-March to mid-June and mid-September to mid-November are our wet seasons. Here they are called winter or invierno. Peak rains in May are around 19 cm or 7 inches and in October we typically get around 22 cm or about 8.6 inches. During these months rain falls on an average of 23 (May) and 24 days (October).

The remaining months are drier and are call summer or verano.  January generally is driest with around 2 inches of rain and July with about 4 inches. July and August are the sunniest months with averages of 204 and 192 hours respectively. During the December to March dry season it is generally  a bit cloudier with about 176 hours of sunshine in January.

The rainy seasons have the least hours of sunshine (big surprise!). In April the average hours per day are only 128 while in October they are 135. Even during the rainy season mornings are often sunny with storms moving through during the afternoon. It is rare to have long periods of overcast.


The relative humidity here is generally  not oppressive with averages between 66% and 73%.  There are a few days each month when it gets pretty muggy but these are relatively few and a noticeable difference.


The  temperatures here are very pleasant most of the time and much cooler than the lowlands. Average minimum temperatures are between 61F (16.1 C) and  63F (17C). Average maximum temperatures range from 81F (27.2C)  to 83F (28.5C).



  1. Tom Carberry said,

    July 19, 2011 at 11:35

    I am also thinking of living in Medellin and maybe finding a partner I do speak basic spanish and understand it pretty I live SD like you did LOL
    Now I travel around the USA selling a product in military bases and good
    swap meet I have A RV so it make me very mobile and can take of months at a time . So I am reading more about medellin from you word press blog

    • pbunch said,

      September 25, 2011 at 08:37

      If there is anything I can do to facilitate let me know.

  2. Brenda said,

    September 23, 2010 at 10:09

    Hi Phil! How are you and Nubia? It sounds like you are thriving, and you look great…relaxed and healthy. This is a fabulous, thorough and very helpful website. We subscribe to and closely follow Ecuador Living, for a couple years, and are making plans to move to Ecuador when Don finishes a current project. We are going there early December to do EL’s Shamanic Cleansing with the Inca’s and then a real estate tour to look at homes in Imbabura province (Cotacachi, etc). We will also look in Cuenca, further South..maybe Quito too and whatever appeals to us as we get to know Ecuador. We can’t move for 1 1/2 to 2 years but we will buy a home when we can find one and visit as often as possible in the meantime. We are very excited and when we have more time there we would love to visit you and Nubia, and also for you to visit us. It is very exciting and we look forward to seeing you! Sincerely, Brenda

    • pbunch said,

      September 24, 2010 at 15:27

      We are doing very well. Life here is good and there is a lot to do. As you may be able to see from the blog, Medellin is a great city and the surrounding area is beautiful. People are very nice and the food is great!

      I think thriving is good way to put it. I always felt alienated in San Diego. Here people take precedence. They have made this gringo feel very welcome.

      Nubia is doing well and is engaged with some development related programs out where we have our country place (finca.) We are located in a village and the people there have helped us get integrated into the local scene. They are good solid country folks. Most don’t have a lot of money but that does not stop them from enjoying life and making the most of it. One can learn a lot from them.

      I hope you all are well and also thriving.

    • pbunch said,

      September 24, 2010 at 15:36

      I only saw part of your post when I replied. I have heard that Ecuador is very nice. These countries a richly endowed and it is a good idea to check out different places. Do you both speak Spanish? It would be a good idea to work on it if not. Life is so much more fulfilling when you can really get to know the local people. I understand things have been rough in the States. We did not get hit anywhere near as badly and the damage that was done is healing rapidly.

      It is good to hear from you.

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