Average Weather in El Retiro Colombia
The climate in El Retiro is comfortable and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 53°F to 70°F and is rarely below 49°F or above 73°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit El Retiro for warm-weather activities are from late June to early August and from mid December to mid March.
The temperature in El Retiro varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.
Average High and Low Temperature
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
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In El Retiro, 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 El Retiro begins around December 12 and lasts for 2.7 months, ending around March 2. On January 13, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 22% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 78% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around March 2 and lasts for 9.3 months, ending around December 12. On May 6, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 95% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 5% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in El Retiro varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 8.5 months, from March 24 to December 9, with a greater than 70% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 86% on November 6.
The drier season lasts 3.5 months, from December 9 to March 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 54% on January 22.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 86% on November 6.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
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. El Retiro experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in El Retiro. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 7, with an average total accumulation of 10.4 inches.
The least rain falls around January 27, with an average total accumulation of 4.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in El Retiro does not vary substantially over the course of the year, staying within 28 minutes of 12 hours throughout. In 2019, the shortest day is December 21, with 11 hours, 46 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 12 hours, 29 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:45 AM on May 25, and the latest sunrise is 34 minutes later at 6:19 AM on February 2. The earliest sunset is at 5:41 PM on November 11, and the latest sunset is 39 minutes later at 6:21 PM on July 16.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in El Retiro during 2019.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
The perceived humidity level in El Retiro, 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
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in El Retiro varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 1.2 months, from October 17 to November 22, with a peak percentage of 38% on November 11. The wind is most often from the east for 11 months, from November 22 to October 17, with a peak percentage of 64% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in El Retiro 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 El Retiro for general outdoor tourist activities are from late June to early August and from mid December to mid March, with a peak score in the third week of January.
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 El Retiro for hot-weather activities is from mid June to late August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
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.
Temperatures in El Retiro 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
Growing Degree Days
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 2.2 months, from June 22 to August 30, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 26, with an average of 5.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.1 months, from October 6 to December 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is November 2, with an average of 3.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of El Retiro are 6.059 deg latitude, -75.503 deg longitude, and 7,523 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of El Retiro contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,457 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 7,490 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (6,535 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (12,369 feet).
The area within 2 miles of El Retiro is covered by trees (64%), shrubs (18%), and grassland (17%), within 10 miles by trees (67%) and grassland (15%), and within 50 miles by trees (71%) and grassland (12%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in El Retiro, 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 is only a single weather station, José María Córdova International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of El Retiro.
At a distance of 15 kilometers from El Retiro, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and El Retiro according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .