Sri Lanka – Climate

Current Weather Forecasts
Colombo
Friday
81°
heavy intensity rain
Clouds75%
Humidity83%
Wind13mph
Sat
Min80°
Max82°
Sun
Min80°
Max82°
Mon
Min79°
Max83°
Tue
Min79°
Max84°
Galle
Friday
81°
overcast clouds
Clouds99%
Humidity86%
Wind15mph
Sat
Min80°
Max82°
Sun
Min80°
Max83°
Mon
Min79°
Max82°
Tue
Min79°
Max84°
Nuwara Eliya
Friday
59°
light rain
Clouds100%
Humidity100%
Wind8mph
Sat
Min57°
Max64°
Sun
Min55°
Max64°
Mon
Min55°
Max66°
Tue
Min55°
Max66°
Kandy
Friday
71°
overcast clouds
Clouds96%
Humidity90%
Wind6mph
Sat
Min70°
Max79°
Sun
Min69°
Max79°
Mon
Min68°
Max81°
Tue
Min69°
Max83°

The best time to visit Sri Lanka depends on which part of the country you’re going to. It’s a year-round destination with consistent warmth and lots of sunshine, with temperatures averaging between 31℃ at their highest and 22℃ at their lowest. It’s normally hotter in coastal areas and the lowlands than it is in areas with higher altitude. Showers can occur at any time.

The southwest coast is best between December and April, before their monsoon season starts, while the east coast and the north is less humid between May and September when their monsoon season is over.

The central hills remain cooler all year round and we’d only recommend avoiding them in October and November when the rainfall is less predictable.

 

Sri Lanka Climate – Month-by-Month

Visiting Sri Lanka in January to March

January to March is a beautiful time to be in the central hills or southwest Sri Lanka, as days are sunny and dry and the sea is usually calm. Galle Literary Festival takes place annually in late January or early February.

Events & Festivals

  • Marine life (November to April): Head to the south coast during these months to try spotting blue, sperm, fin and Bryde's whales, as well as many dolphin species, turtles, tuna and even flying fish.
Visiting Sri Lanka in April

Even the cold weather in the north can’t dissuade Italians from a party. The highlight of the month is Carnevale, celebrated across the country at the beginning of Lent with vibrant pageants, masquerades and confetti. The most well-known celebration is the Venice Carnival, a two-week spectacle of masks, fancy dress and spirited parties, that sees throngs of costumed people pack St Mark’s Square. Outside of carnival dates, prices tend to be cheaper in February. But, as with January, you should be prepared for reduced opening hours and limited access to attractions in certain areas.

Events & Festivals

  • Marine life (November to April): Head to the south coast during these months to try spotting blue, sperm, fin and Bryde's whales, as well as many dolphin species, turtles, tuna and even flying fish.
Visiting Sri Lanka in May and June

Whilst the south is humid and hot, the central hills are cooler but experience showers through May and June. The north and east are much more pleasant. In May, the Vesak Poya celebrates Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death.

Visiting Sri Lanka in July

As the school vacations begin, it's a good time to explore the cultural cities and wildlife of the north as well as the beautiful stretches of beach on the east coast. It's important to plan in advance to ensure we can secure your first choice accommodation.

Events & Festivals

  • Kandy Perahera (July or August): This is a fun spectacle, with colourful processions and traditional dancing taking over the city to celebrate the famous Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa.
Visiting Sri Lanka in August to September

Weather continues to be at its best in the north and east of Sri Lanka between August and September. The Kandy Perahera is an elaborate festival and procession that celebrates the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. The music, singing and dancing brings everyone together annually either in July or August, on the full moon 'Poya' day.

Events & Festivals

  • Kandy Perahera (July or August): This is a fun spectacle, with colourful processions and traditional dancing taking over the city to celebrate the famous Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa.
Visiting Sri Lanka in October to November

October and November continue to be warm and sunny all across Sri Lanka, but between monsoons the weather is much less predictable and showers can occur frequently. However, it really does vary from year to year, so it's impossible to forecast.

Events & Festivals

  • Marine life (November to April): Head to the south coast during these months to try spotting blue, sperm, fin and Bryde's whales, as well as many dolphin species, turtles, tuna and even flying fish.
Visiting Sri Lanka in December

Whilst the eastern coast and north starts to experience more rain, the south and west are beautifully warm and dry. Christmas and New Year are very popular times to travel, so it's important to plan well in advance.

Events & Festivals

  • Marine life (November to April): Head to the south coast during these months to try spotting blue, sperm, fin and Bryde's whales, as well as many dolphin species, turtles, tuna and even flying fish.