The Weather & What to Pack for Medellin

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No time to read? Medellin’s weather is constantly changing, so pack clothes for a variety of different types of weather.

If you’re wondering what the weather is like in Medellin, there’s a big clue in its official nickname: “the city of eternal spring”. 

However, you might want to ask “whose spring?” The city’s privileged climate is certainly a world away from a cold March day in London or New York. 

So, if you’re planning a trip to Medellin, it pays to know what to expect in terms of weather. That way, you’ll know what to pack!

Average Temperatures in Medellin

The first thing you need to know when visiting Medellin is not to trust the weather app. The weather here is constantly changing, making it a bit tough to predict.

The good news is that there are a few reliable averages to be aware of. Global warming and a construction boom have done their bit to push the city towards the city of eternal summer with an average temperature that’s 4.32°F hotter than it was in 1974. 

Medellin’s average temperature floats between the average low of 63°F (17°C) and 83°F (28.5°C) with very little variation throughout the year.  Every day in Medellin is pretty much the sort of day your average Londoner (too cold) or New Yorker (too hot)  would kill for.  

Medellin sits at 4,905 ft (1,495 m above sea level) so temperatures don’t ever fall to the lows of a cold night in Bogota (8,660 ft or 2,640 m above sea level) nor is it as hot as some of Colombia’s coastal cities – Cartagena and Santa Marta.  

Medellin’s idyllic climate certainly explains why so many digital nomads end up extending their stay in this mountain metropolis. You’ll rarely need heating or air conditioning, although most al fresco bars cater for the former and Medellin luxury vacation rentals have the latter.

When to Visit Medellin

If you’re wondering which months to visit Medellin, December, January, and February are the months with the most sunny days. On the other hand, June, July, and August are statistically the hottest months of the year. 

Medellin’s “rainy season” starts in April and May with a break in the summer months – June, July, and August before getting into full swing in October and November although there’s a misconception that the rainy season means it’s raining all day. Medellin isn’t London.

Rain tends to arrive in a rush, in tropical fashion with some biblical downpours in the afternoon or at night freshening the city up for the following morning.  Mornings in Medellin can be magical.

During the rainy season, you can expect it to rain more regularly, rather than all day, with rain on 3 out of every 4 days compared to 1 in 3 during the drier months of January and February.

What to Wear in Medellin

With all this info on the weather forecast, you’re probably wondering what to pack! Well, it’s easier than you’d think.

You’re in the tropics so there will be days in Medellin when you’ll want to just hang out in flip-flops, shorts, and a t-shirt but the higher up the mountain you go in Colombia, the more clothing you need to pack. 

You do need to pack like a good cub scout though and it pays to be prepared for an impromptu evening in Rionegro, which at 7,000 ft above sea level can get chilly after dark. Likewise, if your flight leaves early from the airport in Rionegro you’ll be grateful for packing a jacket or sweater. 

Forget turning up to a meeting or a date suited and booted, most of the locals dress like it’s dress-down Friday every day with a shirt, t-shirt, and trousers or jeans for guys and girls. 

If you’re planning on hitting the bars or clubs, leave the flip-flops and shorts at home unless you want to watch your friends head inside while you head home to get changed. 

Definitely pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket and umbrella if you’re planning on traveling to Medellin during the rainy months of April, May, October, and November – although you can normally find somewhere suitable to avoid any downpours. 

Myth Busting: It’s Always Rainy in Medellín

If you take a look at your weather app on your phone, it probably looks something like the above. And, no matter how many times you refresh it, it still seems to say that your entire trip to Medellín will be rainy!

The good news is that this is fake news. Even though the weather app says Medellín is rainy all the time, it isn’t.

A typical day in the city might have a few quick rain showers that last for 30 minutes or less. Other than that, you’ll be enjoying sunny skies. And, just like any other city, there are days when it doesn’t rain at all!

The best thing to do in Medellín is to dress in layers. Wear a light raincoat that will keep you dry but that you can take off once the sun comes back out.

Be Prepared for Any Weather in Medellin

As I said, the weather in Medellin can change at the drop of a hat. That’s why the most important tip to keep in mind when packing for this city is to always be prepared!

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