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With soaring temperatures reaching record levels across the country, a new report from the editors at gives you the lowdown on three countries offering a range of retirement havens where you can choose the climate that suits you best. These destinations earned top ranking in the Climate category of International Living Australia’s Annual Global Retirement Rankings 2019.


For retirees choosing where to settle overseas, climate is an important consideration. And it’s a very personal thing.

One of the strengths of the highest-scoring countries in the climate category of International Living Australia’s Annual Global Retirement Rankings is that they offer an array of climates, so retirees can find the spot that best suits their tastes—from steamy beaches to cooler highland retreats.

The three countries that scored the highest marks for Best Climate in the World for Australians in the 2019 Global Retirement Rankings are…

#1 Colombia

Scoring 90 out of 100, Colombia takes first place in the Climate category. From tropical ocean beaches, temperate mountain areas and even snow-capped peaks, Colombia has it all.

The second most bio-diverse country in the world (Brazil takes tops spot), Colombia lies in the north of South America, has coastline on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, borders the Darien jungle to its west and the Amazon to its east.

Sitting just slightly north of the equator, it has an equal 12 hours of daylight and darkness with very little variation during the year.

The weather here varies from region to region within the country making it one of the reasons Colombia is so fascinating—giving retirees the option to select whatever climate they decide meets their needs best.

Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, sits at 1,524 metres feet above sea level and is considered to have perfect spring-like weather all year round. Daytime highs here average in the mid to high 20s C with very little humidity. Evening temperatures dip down into the mid-teens C. So, you won´t need more than a light jacket.

Meanwhile in the coastal cities of Cartagena, Santa Marta and Barranquilla, daytime high temperatures reach the low 30s C and cool down to mid-20s C at night. With humidity hovering around 80%, the “real feel” temperature in these cities can be even hotter.

#2 Vietnam

In Southeast Asia’s rising star, the weather is as diverse as the geography. Scoring 87 out of a possible 100 points, Vietnam takes second place in the climate category of theInternational Living Australia Retirement Rankings.

“Whether you’re looking for warm weather year-round or four distinct seasons, Vietnam has a climate for every taste,” says IL Vietnam Correspondent, Wendy Justice.

Vietnam has wet and dry seasons, though there is always a chance of rain, even during the driest months. It’s also possible to enjoy pleasant, sunny days at any time of the year wherever you are in the country.

Hanoi and other northern cities experience four distinct seasons. Though Hanoi’s humidity averages around 79%, October through April are the least humid months and temperatures are usually mild and comfortable.

Typical days in the central coast cities of Da Nang and Hoi An are partly cloudy, warm but not too hot and tempered by ocean breezes.

At 1,500 metres, the Central Highlands’ town of Dalat is comfortably cool with an average year-round temperature of just 14 C. Not surprisingly, Dalat is known as the City of Eternal Spring and it’s a popular place for expats who like Vietnam’s low cost of living but not its warm, tropical temperatures.

#3 Malaysia

In third place, with 86 points is Malaysia. Here, there are two distinct geographical parts–Peninsular Malaysia (mainland) and Malaysian Borneo.

Peninsular Malaysia shares borders with Thailand and Singapore, while the states of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo border Indonesia and Brunei. Because of the distance between them, the weather patterns in each area vary greatly.

Cooler areas can be found in the country’s highlands. On Peninsular Malaysia the most popular cool hills for weekends away are Penang Hill, the Cameron Highlands, the Genting Highlands and Fraser’s Hill. In Sarawak, Mount Kinabalu National Park and Mount Kinabalu itself are also popular.

“My wife Lisa and I love the outdoor lifestyle,” says IL Malaysia Correspondent, Keith Hockton who lives on the island of Penang. “We hike a lot so the year-round good weather here, the temperature averages 28 degrees, suits us perfectly.”

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