Climate and monthly weather forecast
Cali, Colombia

The beautiful building of the Ermita Church in Cali, Colombia
The beautiful building of the Ermita Church in Cali, Colombia

The climate of Cali

Recognized for its tropical rainforest climate, Cali, located in Colombia, is associated with the Köppen climate classification 'Af'. A prominent characteristic of this climatic zone is that it often remains humid and warm throughout the year. Throughout the region, an almost constant temperature prevails, with monthly highs fluctuating around 25°C (77°F) to 26.5°C (79.7°F) and lows ranging from 16.6°C (61.9°F) to 17.5°C (63.5°F).

Remarkably consistent humidity, generally in the 80% range, contributes to the tropical feel. Precipitation is a recurrent phenomenon, with rainfall reaching especially high levels, from 154mm (6.06") in the driest month to a substantial 294mm (11.57") in the wettest. Despite the significant amount of rainfall throughout the year, it does not translate into an equal number of rainy days. The number of rainy days in Cali varies minimally, from 27.3 to 30.9 days each month.

Throughout the year, daylight hours fluctuate little, hovering around 12 hours, while the hours of sunshine range from an annual low of 6.9 hours to a high of 10 hours. The UV index alterations remain minimal throughout the year, oscillating from 5 to 6, indicating moderate to high levels of ultraviolet radiation depending on the month. Despite Cali's location in the heart of a tropical rainforest climate, the city experiences limited cloud coverage, with percentages varying around 37% to 54%.

The best time to visit Cali

While Cali's weather is quite consistent year-round due to the tropical climate, there are certain months when the conditions result in an optimal experience for sightseeing. These months normally occur when the sunshine duration is the longest, which is from May to September, with sunshine durations extending to 10 hours in September. During this time, the UV index is moderately high, reaching up to 6 in August and September. Rainfall, while still present, tends to be lower, with 154mm (6.06") in August being the lowest reported level. The temperature remains comfortable, with minimal variations.

The worst time to visit Cali

Visiting Cali during the months when rainfall reaches its yearly peaks may pose some challenges in terms of outdoor activities. The highest levels of rainfall occur from March to May, notably peaking in May at 294mm (11.57"). Despite this, the temperature remains stable throughout the year; there are no drastic changes or extreme temperatures. In addition, visitors should expect less sunshine during this period, with sunlight durations reaching the yearly low of 6.9 hours in December.

Spring weather in Cali

In Cali, spring typically sees the onset of the heaviest rainfall. The months of March, April, and May exhibit an increase in rainfall, peaking at 273mm (10.75"), 278mm (10.94"), and 294mm (11.57") respectively. Though the temperature remains relatively constant, with highs between 25.4°C (77.7°F) to 25.8°C (78.4°F) and lows from 17.3°C (63.1°F) to 17.5°C (63.5°F), humidity levels rise up to 86% during this time. Sunshine duration decreases gradually with the progression of the season, with a decrease from 7.6 hours in March to a low of 7.3 hours in April.

Summer weather in Cali

Summer months in Cali, from June to August, offer a paradoxical blend of sunshine and rain. June kicks off with a moderately high rainfall of 210mm (8.27"), which drastically drops to 154mm (6.06") by August. Clear skies become more prevalent during this time, with cloud percentage dropping to 37% in August. Daylight and sunshine hours reach an annual high of 12.3 and 10, respectively. The temperature during summer ranges from a high of 25.5°C (77.9°F) to a peak of 26.5°C (79.7°F), with relatively low fluctuations.

Autumn weather in Cali

In autumn, Cali experiences a steady rise in rainfall, with measurements increasing from 154mm (6.06") in September to 246mm (9.69") in November. The temperature remains uniform with a high of 26.1°C (79°F) in September and lows ranging from 17.1°C (62.8°F) to 17.4°C (63.3°F) throughout the season. Despite the increased rainfall, the number of sunshine hours remains fairly high, dropping only slightly from 10.1 hours in September to 8.1 hours in November.

Winter weather in Cali

Cali greets winter with a robust increment in rainfall, starting at 246mm (9.69") in December and reaching 256mm (10.08") by February. The number of sunshine hours goes down to the lowest of the year at 6.9 hours in December. On the other hand, temperature fluctuations remain remarkably steady, with high temperatures moving around 25°C (77°F) and lows between 16.9°C (62.4°F) to 17.3°C (63.1°F). Winter sets a unique tone on the weather with cloud coverage at its highest, rising up to 54%.

Weather in January

Continuous rainfall characterizes the month of January in Cali, Colombia. This situation often places it between December and February, with January manifesting the highest relative humidity at 84%. Consequently, the precipitation can potentially influence the wipeouts for outdoor activities. Weather in January »

Weather in February

The weather in February in Cali, Colombia, witnesses slight changes compared to January. The conditions could be described as a mild transition towards March weather. Even though the month maintains a damp environment, there is a reduction in rainfall from that recorded at 186mm (7.32") in January. Weather in February »

Weather in March

March is an eventful month weatherwise in Cali, Colombia. There is a noticeable increase in rainfall when compared to February's 188mm (7.4"), registering at 273mm (10.75"). Subsequently, the weather conditions may seem very similar to those experienced in April. Weather in March »

Weather in April

Cali, Colombia, experiences a rather steady thermal profile, which does not manifest vast fluctuations even with progressing months such as April. However, subtle changes occur in its microclimate, echoing closely with conditions experienced in March. Weather in April »

Weather in May

Entering May, the weather patterns in Cali, Colombia, yield a semblance to the conditions witnessed during the month of June. Despite the undulating rainy spells that are expected in this period, the climate remains persistently warm. Weather in May »

Weather in June

June brings about a tangible change in the landscape of Cali, Colombia, weather conditions. Consistent with the weather in May, June continues to drench the city, albeit at a reduced scale. This wet disposition does not necessarily translate into less desirable atmospheric conditions, however. Weather in June »

Weather in July

July in Cali, Colombia, sets a considerable contrast in weather dynamics between June and August. There is a considerable reduction in the intensity of the rainfall that was witnessed at 210mm (8.27") in June. Warm afternoons and crisp mornings are typical, promoting a more agreeable climate. Weather in July »

Weather in August

August harbors the blend of sunny skies and short spurts of rainfall, registering at 154mm (6.06"), the minimum annual figure for Cali, Colombia, culminating in an incredibly pleasant climate. A transition towards the wetter months of September and October slowly commences. Weather in August »

Weather in September

The onset of September in Cali, Colombia, commands weather variations that usher in increased rainfall from the previous month's lowest of 154mm (6.06"). The city's climate during this period mimics closely the conditions seen in October. Weather in September »

Weather in October

In October, Cali, Colombia, sustains its high-rainfall trend, closely mirroring the weather of the previous month, September. The transition towards the year-end brings about an interesting shift in climate conditions. Prolonged spells of rain become the norm, contributing a unique sheen to the cityscape. Weather in October »

Weather in November

Just as October mirrors September, the weather of November in Cali, Colombia, reveals striking similarities to December. The month manifests a gradual transition towards the culmination of the year, with prevalent rainy conditions persisting. Weather in November »

Weather in December

December, as the year draws to a close in Cali, Colombia, continues to affirm the climate pattern of November, providing the city with fairly consistent weather conditions. It concludes on a predictably wet note, closely mirroring the climate observed at the beginning of the year in January. Weather in December »

Frequently asked questions

How many days does it rain in Cali?

In Cali, during the entire year, the rain falls for 357 days and collects up to 2662mm (104.8") of precipitation.

What are the months with the lowest UV index in Cali?

The months with the lowest UV index in Cali are January, March through June, August, October and November, with an average maximum UV index of 5.

When is the highest UV index in Cali?

February, July, September and December, with an average maximum UV index of 6, are months with the highest UV index.

What are the most humid months in Cali?

The months with the highest humidity are April and May, with an average relative humidity of 86%.

What is the rainiest month in Cali?

The month with the most rainfall is May, when the rain falls for 30.6 days and typically aggregates up to 294mm (11.57") of precipitation.

When are the longest days in Cali?

June has the longest days of the year in Cali, with an average of 12h and 18min of daylight.

What is the warmest month in Cali?

Cali's temperature records reveal August as the warmest month, marked by average highs of 26.5°C (79.7°F) and lows of 17.3°C (63.1°F).

What is the least humid month in Cali?

August is the least humid month, with an average relative humidity of 81%.

What is the driest month in Cali?

August is the month with the least rainfall. Rain falls for 29.2 days and accumulates 154mm (6.06") of precipitation.

What month has the most sunshine in Cali?

With an average of 10.1h of sunshine, September has the most sunshine of the year in Cali, Colombia.

What is the coldest time of year in Cali?

In Cali, Colombia, the average lowest temperatures are observed in November, with a high of 25°C (77°F) and a low of 16.9°C (62.4°F).

What is the month with the shortest days in Cali?

With an average of 11h and 54min of daylight, December has the shortest days of the year in Cali, Colombia.

Is there Daylight Saving Time (DST) in Cali?

Cali does not utilize Daylight Saving Time (DST). -05 timezone is used over the entire year.

What is the month with the least sunshine in Cali?

With an average of 6.9h of sunshine, December has the least sunshine of the year.

Average temperature
Cali, Colombia

Average temperature - Cali, Colombia

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is August (26.5°C).
The month with the lowest average high temperature is November (25°C).

The months with the highest average low temperature are March and April (17.5°C).
The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is July (16.6°C).


Average pressure
Cali, Colombia

Average pressure - Cali, Colombia

The months with the highest atmospheric pressure are June and July (1013.4mbar).
The month with the lowest atmospheric pressure is February (1012.1mbar).


Average wind speed
Cali, Colombia

Average wind speed - Cali, Colombia

The windiest month (with the highest average wind speed) is August (5.6km/h).
The calmest month (with the lowest average wind speed) is November (4.3km/h).


Average humidity
Cali, Colombia

Average humidity - Cali, Colombia

The months with the highest relative humidity are April and May (86%).
The month with the lowest relative humidity is August (81%).


Average rainfall
Cali, Colombia

Average rainfall - Cali, Colombia

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is May (294mm).
The driest month (with the least rainfall) is August (154mm).


Average rainfall days
Cali, Colombia

Average rainfall days - Cali, Colombia

The months with the highest number of rainy days are March and October (30.9 days).
The month with the least rainy days is February (27.3 days).


Average daylight / Average sunshine
Cali, Colombia

Average daylight / Average sunshine - Cali, Colombia

The month with the longest days is June (Average daylight: 12h and 18min).
The month with the shortest days is December (Average daylight: 11h and 54min).

The month with the most sunshine is September (Average sunshine: 10h and 6min).
The month with the least sunshine is December (Average sunshine: 6h and 54min).


Average sunshine days
Cali, Colombia

Average sunshine days - Cali, Colombia

The month with the most sunshine days is July (1.2 days).
The months with the least sunshine days are March, October, November and December (0 days).


Average UV index
Cali, Colombia

Average UV index - Cali, Colombia

The months with the highest UV index are February, July, September and December (UV index 6).
The months with the lowest UV index are January, March, April, May, June, August, October and November (UV index 5).


Average visibility
Cali, Colombia

Average visibility - Cali, Colombia

The month with the highest visibility is August (9km).
The months with the lowest visibility are January, February, March, April, May, November and December (7km).


Cali, Colombia

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