Historical Weather and Climate Facts of La Guajira, Cabo de Vela, Punta Gallinas, and Rioacha Colombia

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What’s the weather and climate like in La Guajira Colombia?

Climate change is affecting Colombia just as it is affecting every other part of the world. For this reason, we can only really make an educated guess about what the weather will be like in La Guajira at any time of the year. Unfortunately, our guesses are much less accurate than what they were only a couple of years ago…

In the far north of Colombia lies the Guajira Peninsula.

  • It is the aridest part of the country, with precipitation below 300 mm/12” per year. There is even a desert named La Guajira.
  • In the far north of this peninsula, there is the Parque Nacional Natural Macuira, which is somewhat greener as there are hills that capture some moisture brought by the trade winds.
  • This offshoot of Colombia overlooks the Caribbean, which of course can be affected by hurricanes from June to November, although this is very rare.

Looking for the weather and climate of other Colombian regions? Be sure to check out our Colombian weather and climate overview here, with links to the most important tourist destinations in Colombia.

Riohacha, the capital of La Guajira, is located on the west of the peninsular and although it does not rain a lot, it is far from dry, with the climate very hot all year. The wet season is overcast, while the dry season is windy and partly cloudy. During the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 75f/24c to 88f/31c and is rarely below 73f/23c or above 91f/33c. The least oppressive time of year to visit Ríohacha is from late December to the middle of March.

Average Temperatures in Fahrenheit in Riohacha Colombia.

Average Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 85°F 85°F 86°F 87°F 87°F 87°F 87°F 88°F 88°F 87°F 87°F 86°F
Temp. 80°F 80°F 81°F 82°F 82°F 83°F 83°F 83°F 83°F 82°F 82°F 81°F
Low 75°F 75°F 76°F 78°F 79°F 79°F 79°F 79°F 79°F 79°F 78°F 77°F

Average Temperatures in Celcius in Riohacha Colombia.

Average Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 29°C 30°C 30°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 30°C 30°C 30°C
Temp. 27°C 26°C 27°C 28°C 28°C 28°C 28°C 28°C 28°C 28°C 28°C 27°C
Low 24°C 24°C 25°C 25°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 26°C 25°C

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The clearest part of the year begins around December and lasts until April, with January being the best. The cloudier part of the year starts around April and is so until December, with October being the cloudiest.

The wet season is from May to the middle of November with October being the wettest. The dry season lasts from the middle of November to May, with January being the least wet.

Want to know the best time to travel to Colombia, considering seasonal aspects such as high and low seasons, migratory animals, and the wet and dry seasons? Then this is the article you also need to read!

Average Rainfall – Millimeters / Inches, and the Number of Rainy Days in Riohacha Colombia.

Average Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Millimeters 1.8mm 2.4mm 5.1mm 23.6mm 61.5mm 46.5mm 32.0mm 47.3mm 85.8mm 112.2mm 68.2mm 22.9mm
Inches 0.1″ 0.1″ 0.2″ 0.9″ 2.4″ 1.8″ 1.3″ 1.9″ 3.4″ 4.4″ 2.7″ 0.9″
Rainy Days 0.4d 0.6d 1.3d 4.6d 8.9d 7.3d 5.7d 8.3d 12.3d 14.0d 8.1d 2.9d

Humidity is extremely high, remaining a virtually constant 100% throughout the year.

The windy part of the year lasts from late November to late August. Average wind speeds of more than 10.4 mph are recorded with the windiest month of the year being February with 12.6 mph. The calmer time of year lasts from the middle of August to late November, with October being the calmest.

Indigenous Woman at Cabo de la Vela, La Guajira
You’ll be able to get in touch with the Wayuu Indigenous Culture in La Guajira.

The water temperature is very comfortable with an average of 82f/28c.

Average Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Celcius 25°C 25°C 25°C 26°C 27°C 27°C 27°C 28°C 28°C 29°C 28°C 26°C
Fahrenheit 77°F 77°F 77°F 79°F 81°F 81°F 81°F 82°F 83°F 83°F 82°F 79°F