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The climate of Barranquilla: when to go to Barranquilla

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The Colombian city of Barranquilla is located on the western banks of the Magdalena River a few kilometers away from the Caribbean coast. Because of its location near the sea and in a flat area, Barranquilla has a hot and humid tropical climate characterized by stable and high temperatures and a high humidity that remains constant throughout the year. The annual average temperature in Barranquilla is 27.4 ° C.

The rains are not too consistent, the amount of the average annual rainfall is 822 mm. Rain falls mainly between May and October, the wettest months of the year are September and October. The city has an annual average of 78 days of rain, October the wettest month has an average of 15 rainy days. While in the dry season, between December and April, it almost never rains, in these five months Barranquilla has a total of only 6 days of rain.


The humidity is high throughout the year, the annual average is 80%, with a monthly average humidity of 84% in October. While in February and March, the humidity is reduced slightly to 77%. In the dry season – between November and April – also blow north-east trade winds which help to make the climate more bearable and less muggy. Between the end of June and the first weeks of July, the trade winds of the south-east cause the phenomenon of the Veranillo de San Juan a short dry period characterized by windy days with sunshine and clear skies.

Temperatures remain high throughout the year. The average maximum temperatures vary little between 33.3 ° C in May and 31.4 ° C in January. The average minimum temperatures undergo changes even milder between 23.4 ° C in January and 24.8 ° C in May and June. The sunny hours are 2,542 per year.

The water temperature of the sea coast near Barranquilla remains constant between 27 ° C and 29 ° C throughout the year.


The best time for a trip to Barranquilla are the months of the dry season between December and April. Even the days of the so-called Veranillo de San Juan – ie the last weeks of June and the first weeks of July – may be good to visit Barranquilla.


BARRANQUILLA (18 meters)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 23,4 31,4 1  0
February 23,7 31,7 0  0
March 24,1 32,2 1  0
April 24,6 32,9 24  4
May 24,8 33,3 116  9
June 24,8 33,1 85  9
July 24,6 32,8 67  7
August 24,5 33,1 107  10
September 24,2 32,6 154  13
October 23,9 32,2 164  15
November 24,1 32,1 74  8
December 23,8 31,6 27  2
YEAR 24,2 32,4 822  78

Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 27
February 27
March 27
April 27
May 28
June 29
July 28
August 29
September 29
October 29
November 28
December 28

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