Climate Venezuela

Climate South America

Venezuela lies in the inner tropical zone north of the equator. Temperature and humidity depend on the altitude you are at. One differentiates between the hot zone (tierra caliente 0-600 m), the temperate zone (tierra templada 600-2.000 m) and the cold zone (tierra fria over 2.000 m).

The hot zone in the northern coastal strip and the river lowlands of the Orinoco has a mean monthly temperature of 25-29°C. The hottest month in this part of the country is August, when temperatures of over 36°C are usually measured. The coldest month of the year is January. Even in this month, however, the temperatures are still quite high at 26°C. The humidity of 90 percent is high all year round. The rainy season extends from May to October/November and the dry season from December to April. The temperate zone in the mountains (e.g. in Caracas or Mérida) reaches average temperatures of 23-25°C in July and August and about 15-19°C in January. Here, too, the climate is humid with 60 to 80 percent humidity, but still bearable for Europeans.

The cold zone in the northern mountains and in the cordilleras of Mérida has average temperatures of 10-14°C. The climate in the northern mountains and in the cordilleras of Mérida is not very hot. The frost line is about 2.500 m. Typical for this region are frequent rainfalls.

From August to October is the best travel time in Venezuela.


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