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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Manizales Colombia

The climate in Manizales is comfortable and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 57°F to 73°F and is rarely below 54°F or above 77°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Manizales for warm-weather activities are from mid June to early September and from late December to early February.

Climate in Manizales

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Manizales weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

The temperature in Manizales varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.

Average High and Low Temperature in Manizales

Average High and Low Temperature in ManizalesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FSep 273°FSep 273°F57°F57°FJul 2272°FJul 2272°FOct 1371°FOct 1371°FDec 771°FDec 771°F57°F57°F57°F57°F58°F58°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.
AverageJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High 73°F73°F73°F72°F72°F72°F72°F73°F72°F71°F71°F72°F
Temp. 64°F64°F64°F64°F64°F64°F64°F64°F64°F63°F63°F64°F
Low 57°F58°F58°F58°F58°F57°F57°F57°F57°F57°F57°F57°F

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in Manizales

Average Hourly Temperature in ManizalesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoolcoolcomfortable
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Kisoro, Uganda (7,280 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Manizales (view comparison).

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In Manizales, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Manizales begins around June 7 and lasts for 3.3 months, ending around September 16.

The clearest month of the year in Manizales is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 23% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 16 and lasts for 8.7 months, ending around June 7.

The cloudiest month of the year in Manizales is April, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 91% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Manizales

Cloud Cover Categories in ManizalesclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2224%Jul 2224%Oct 228%Oct 228%Jun 716%Jun 716%Sep 1616%Sep 1616%NowNowpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercastmostly clearclear
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.
FractionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Cloudier 80%85%89%91%90%82%77%78%84%90%89%83%
Clearer 20%15%11%9%10%18%23%22%16%10%11%17%

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Manizales varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 8.5 months, from March 24 to December 10, with a greater than 70% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Manizales is October, with an average of 25.8 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

The drier season lasts 3.5 months, from December 10 to March 24. The month with the fewest wet days in Manizales is January, with an average of 17.7 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Manizales is October, with an average of 25.8 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 85% on October 24.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Manizales

Daily Chance of Precipitation in ManizaleswetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Oct 2485%Oct 2485%Jan 2356%Jan 2356%Mar 2470%Mar 2470%Dec 1070%Dec 1070%NowNowrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).
Days ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rain 17.7d17.2d21.1d24.7d25.1d22.6d21.9d22.8d23.6d25.8d24.7d20.7d

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Manizales experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Manizales. The month with the most rain in Manizales is October, with an average rainfall of 9.8 inches.

The month with the least rain in Manizales is January, with an average rainfall of 5.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Manizales

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average snowfall.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rainfall 5.0″5.6″6.5″9.2″9.2″7.5″6.4″6.8″8.3″9.8″9.3″6.7″

The length of the day in Manizales does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 25 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2024, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 50 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 12 hours, 25 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Manizales

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in ManizalesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 1912 hr, 6 minMar 1912 hr, 25 minJun 2012 hr, 25 minJun 2012 hr, 7 minSep 2212 hr, 7 minSep 2211 hr, 50 minDec 2111 hr, 50 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.
Hours ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Daylight 11.9h12.0h12.1h12.2h12.4h12.4h12.4h12.3h12.1h12.0h11.9h11.8h

The earliest sunrise is at 5:47 AM on October 24, and the latest sunrise is 31 minutes later at 6:18 AM on February 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:43 PM on November 9, and the latest sunset is 37 minutes later at 6:19 PM on July 17.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Manizales during 2024.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Manizales

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in ManizalesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMOct 245:47 AMOct 245:47 AM6:19 PMJul 176:19 PMJul 17Nov 95:43 PMNov 95:43 PM6:18 AMFeb 36:18 AMFeb 3daynightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2024. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Manizales

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in ManizalesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AM00001010101020202020303030304040404050505050606060607070708080000010101010202020203030303040404040505050506060606070707080NowNow
northeastsouthwest
Solar elevation and azimuth over the course of the year 2024. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2024. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Manizales

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level in Manizales, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Manizales

Humidity Comfort Levels in ManizalesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Dec 290%Dec 290%May 140%May 140%humidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Muggy days 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Manizales does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.3 miles per hour of 1.9 miles per hour throughout.

Average Wind Speed in Manizales

Average Wind Speed in ManizalesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 mph0.0 mph0.5 mph0.5 mph1.0 mph1.0 mph1.5 mph1.5 mph2.0 mph2.0 mph2.5 mph2.5 mph3.0 mph3.0 mph3.5 mph3.5 mphAug 52.2 mphAug 52.2 mphDec 161.5 mphDec 161.5 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Wind Speed (mph) 1.61.61.61.71.82.02.22.21.91.71.61.6

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Manizales varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 6.6 months, from March 27 to October 16, with a peak percentage of 72% on June 11. The wind is most often from the west for 2.1 months, from October 16 to December 18, with a peak percentage of 51% on November 15. The wind is most often from the east for 3.3 months, from December 18 to March 27, with a peak percentage of 36% on January 1.

Wind Direction in Manizales

Wind Direction in ManizalesESWEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsoutheastnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Manizales throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Manizales for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid June to early September and from late December to early February, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Tourism Score in Manizales

Tourism Score in Manizalesbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810104.74.73.33.34.44.4NowNowtemperaturetemperature cloudscloudsprecipitationprecipitationtourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Manizales for hot-weather activities is from late June to early September, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Beach/Pool Score in Manizales

Beach/Pool Score in Manizalesbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810101.91.91.11.1NowNow cloudscloudsprecipitationprecipitationbeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Temperatures in Manizales are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Manizales

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in ManizalesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%100%Jan 1100%Jan 1100%Jul 2100%Jul 2NowNowcoolcomfortablewarm
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Growing Degree Days in Manizales

Growing Degree Days in ManizalesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°FJan 790°FJan 790°FMar 5900°FMar 5900°FMay 81,800°FMay 81,800°FDec 315,069°FDec 315,069°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.5 months, from June 20 to September 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.5 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Manizales is August, with an average of 5.8 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.3 months, from October 11 to December 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.5 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Manizales is November, with an average of 4.2 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Manizales

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in ManizalesbrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWhAug 55.8 kWhAug 55.8 kWhNov 24.2 kWhNov 24.2 kWhJun 205.5 kWhJun 205.5 kWhDec 204.5 kWhDec 204.5 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Solar Energy (kWh) 4.84.94.84.74.95.45.75.85.24.44.24.4

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Manizales are 5.069 deg latitude, -75.517 deg longitude, and 6,952 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Manizales contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 2,037 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,526 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (9,659 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (16,608 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Manizales is covered by shrubs (40%), trees (22%), grassland (18%), and cropland (12%), within 10 miles by trees (55%) and shrubs (17%), and within 50 miles by trees (57%) and grassland (16%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Manizales, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Manizales.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Manizales according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Manizales is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Manizales and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:

To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Manizales and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © OpenStreetMap contributors.

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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

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