“What’s Medellin weather like?”
It’s a common question we get asked when we talk about our time as Medellin digital nomads.
Medellin is dubbed as the City of Eternal Spring, after all. With stable temperature all year round, it’s the best weather we have ever experienced with only one exception…rainy season!
We only heard great things about Medellin weather being a sunny 24 degrees every day and that’s what we experienced our first few weeks there.
After nearly 4 months of living in Medellin, we will share our thoughts on the weather (after experiencing both seasons), general stats and things to know about choosing the best time to visit Medellin.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Medellin?
The best time to visit Medellin is from December to March. You’ll get the most amount of sunshine and the least amount of rainy days. The rainiest months are usually from April to May and September to November. Avoid visiting Medellin during these months if you want to do lots of outdoor activities.
Medellin Weather: Key Factors to Consider
While it’s often called the City of Eternal Spring, Medellin weather can be pretty unpredictable. But that’s different from what you’ve heard right?
Well, to be completely honest – the weather in Medellin during the rainy season can be a big let-down. If you’re looking to get out and do stuff, the rainy season might not be the best time to visit Medellin.
To help you plan your trip to Medellin well, here are some questions to ask yourself to choose the right time to visit:
- Will you do more indoor or outdoor activities?
- Would the rain ruin your day?
- Do you want to attend events or festivals?
- Will huge crowds of people put a damper on your time in Medellin?
But there’s so much more to Medellin weather than just whether it rains or not. You’ve got other factors to think about like:
- Peak vs Low Season
We’re all different people with different preferences and needs. Some people love the rain and others hate it! That’s just how it is. You have to figure out what you like and dislike to better decide the best time for you to visit Medellin.
Matthew and I love visiting popular travel destinations when there are fewer crowds of people – also known as the shoulder season. It’s those couple of weeks where peak season just finished and low season is about to begin. For us, it’s the sweet spot because you also get better prices and deals. You might have to deal with a couple of rainy days but it could be worth it to you!
If you only want the sunshine (totally understandable), you’ll have to deal with bigger crowds and higher prices but you get the best weather Medellin has to offer.
Make sure to answer those questions to help you plan, organize and book the best possible in Medellin!
Quick Stats on Medellin Weather & Seasons
Here are some quick statistics to help you better understand Medellin weather year-round:
- Warmest month in the Medellin: July (84°F)
- Coolest month in Medellin: November (80°F)
- Rainiest month in Medellin: May, October
- Driest month in Medellin: January, February
- Most crowded months in Medellin: January, February
- Least crowded months in Medellin: April, May, October
The Best Time To Visit Medellin – Overview
Medellin weather is some of the best in the world. It’s one of the biggest pros of living in Medellin! The average annual temperature in Medellin is around 75°F to 84°F (23°C to 28°C). There is a rainy season but it only ever lasts about 2 months before dying off and starts up again in September.
This weather is perfect for people that don’t like the tropical heat and humidity that you get in Southeast Asia but rather it’s just perfect – never too hot or cold. We also never felt much humidity while living in Medellin!
Medellin Weather: The Best Months To Visit
The best months to visit Medellin is December to March and June to August – these are the months when the dry season takes place. You’ll get lots of sunshine and very few (if any) rainy days. It’s much easier to plan outdoor activities like visiting Comuna13 or hiking around Parque Arvi. If we had to narrow it down, the best month to visit is going to be February and March, in our opinion.
Why did these months win?
As I’ve mentioned, we love visiting top travel destinations during the shoulder months. December and January are popular times for tourists to visit Medellin which means there are bigger crowds of people. If you visit in February and March, there are fewer crowds and you might only have to put up with a few rainy days. It’s worth it because you also get to have cheaper prices for things like rent as opposed to paying top dollar.
Medellin is so much better in the sunshine, it’s worth visiting during high season because of this!
Medellin Weather: The Worst Months To Visit
The worst months to visit Medellin are April to May and September to November. You’ll have the most chance of rain during the month, some months will have up to 24 days of rain out of 30 (!!). We spent a couple of weeks in Medellin where it rained every single afternoon and that’s just not fun at all.
We thought that it wouldn’t be as intense but the rain really comes down hard and you can’t leave your house. You also don’t know when it’s going to come down because the Apple weather app just says 80% chance of rain every single day which is NEVER accurate!
However, the benefit of visiting Medellin during the rainy season is that you get the cheapest prices possible for things like Airbnb/rent and tours. If you can put up with the rain then it’s great for budget travelers to save some cash. The price difference can be as big as half what you would normally pay during high season.
During the low season, you’ll also get fewer people and crowds of tourists, in general.
Does the temperature of a place determine how likely you are going to visit that place whether as a tourist, expat or digital nomad? We get it – we are always chasing the summer!
Medellin weather has great temperature all year round so you won’t have to worry too much about it. The average annual temperature in Medellin is 73.7°F (23.2°C). As I’ve said and will continue to say this about Medellin weather – it’s never too hot (or humid) and it’s never too cold. It’s called the City of Eternal Spring for a reason which is pretty similar to the weather in Guatemala.
The months with the most chance of rain are February and October. It’s a little different from what we are used to because in Southeast Asia, there’s a longer monsoon season whereas Medellin seems to have 2 smaller spouts of the rainy season.
If you love outdoor activities like going hiking in the many small towns or hills Medellin has to offer, it might not be the best for you to visit during these months. When it rains, it truly pours in Medellin – it’s rarely a light drizzle and you can barely leave your house for the entire afternoon. If you do visit at this time, you should take advantage of the sunny mornings – that’s when there’s less chance of rain!
If you want to avoid the rain altogether, January and February have the least amount of rainfall!
The best time to visit Medellin with the most amount of sunshine hours is July and August. It’s interesting because these months are just between the 2 rainy seasons! When the sun is shining in Medellin, it’s always so beautiful because it’s a couple of degrees warmer but never too warm, if that makes sense!
December, January and February also have a higher amount of sunshine hours which is why it’s such a popular time to visit Medellin. You can expect a lot more crowds of people if you go at this time and much higher prices for hotels or Airbnbs. But…
…Medellin weather is absolutely perfect if you visit during these months!
The Weather Seasons In Medellin: Wet and Dry
Medellin weather has about 2 seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The dry season is where you’ll get the most amount of sunshine and the least amount of rainy days. And the wet season is…you guessed it – the exact opposite!
Dry Season In Medellin
Wondering what the dry season is like in Medellin?
To be honest, it’s pretty perfect. You won’t catch yourself gasping for air from the heat or sweating profusely from the humidity. It’s just perfect – it’s not the City of Eternal Spring for no reason!
Best things to do in Medellin during the dry season:
- Go on a walking tour of Comuna13
- Ride the cable cars up the hills
- See the famous El Penol on a tour to Guatape from Medellin
- Have a picnic and explore Parque Arvi
- Take day trips from Medellin to towns nearby
Pros of visiting Medellin in the dry season
- Less chance of rain
- Most outdoor activities are open
- Beautiful weather
Cons of visiting Medellin in the dry season
- Top tourist attractions such as Guatape will be crowded
- Prices will be much higher eg. accommodation costs
Wet Season In Medellin
What’s the wet season like in Medellin – I guess to put it simply: it’s wet.
There’s just tons of rain all afternoon long, at least that was our experience in April 2022. We honestly wished we were elsewhere because we could barely do anything outdoors! But it’s not all bad…
Best things to do in Medellin during the wet season:
- Take a cooking class
- Go on an exotic fruit tour (highly recommend – Real City Walking Tours)
- Watch a movie at the cinemas (it only costs $11 USD for 2 premium tickets)
Pros of visiting Medellin in the wet season
- Fewer chances of being surrounded by crowds of tourists
- Tourist attractions will have fewer crowds
- Prices are likely to be cheaper for things like accommodation
Cons of visiting Medellin in the wet season
- Less chance of doing outdoor activities, lots of stay-at-home days
- High chances of rainy days (and when it rains…it pours in Medellin)
The Best Time To Visit Medellin In Our Opinion Is…
February and November!
We love visiting top destinations during the shoulder season when it’s not quite peak but it’s also not quite low season. It’s the happy medium as we like to call it!
We aren’t huge fans of big crowds and we would happily take a couple of rainy days in exchange. It’s also the much cheaper prices for accommodation than if we visit during peak.
Medellin weather is some of the best we have experienced – it played a big part in making our time in Medellin so amazing! Whether you visit for the culture, the history or the lifestyle – it’s going to be a great time in Medellin no matter what weather you get!