On the island of Sri Lanka now and always is a wonderful weather! Because a good mood nothing could spoil. In this country, as in other tropical countries, you will not find the weather forecast in its classic form, it is simply not here at all. It’s either hot or very hot, and sometimes it rains.
But seriously, all year round on the coast of the island remains constant comfortable temperature +30°C, which varies throughout the year only ±2°C. the water in the ocean along the coast of Ceylon warm and comfortable (about 27°C) and during the year changes only a couple of degrees. Such a warm and humid climate is inherent in the island due to the proximity to the equator and monsoons coming from the Indian ocean. Sea breeze on the coast creates a pleasant comfort for rest, but in the cities it is hotter and wetter.
In terms of temperature, the exception is the cool Central mountain areas located at an altitude of about 2000 meters above sea level. For example, in the area of Nuwara Eliya average annual daytime temperature is +20°C, and at night in some mountainous areas can fall to +10°C. here quite comfortable feel Russian and Europeans, as well as growing around, where you can see the eye, the famous Sri Lankan tea. And the hottest region is truly considered to be Polonnaruwa, where the locals called “scorched souls” because of the constant heat to + 40°C.
The Central mountain range of the island creates a so-called” cordon “or” rain shadow ” for seasonal monsoon winds. Therefore, these areas are dominated by a significant amount of precipitation, flowing through the rivers in all directions of the island. The water in the rivers is also warm and perfect for swimming and rafting or other types of rafting. Precipitation in the South-West is much higher than in the North-East, and in the rainy season can reach up to 5000 mm per year, filling the beautiful waterfalls, which in Sri Lanka is incredibly much. In order not to accidentally get under a tropical rainstorm, it is better to visit the sights in the Central part of the island in the dry season: from January to April and from July to September.
Seasonality in Sri Lanka is relatively conditional. High (winter) season – October to may and Low (summer) season – may to October. And seasonal differences are only in the amount of precipitation that brings monsoons, and the excitement of the ocean because of these winds. In winter it is the North-Eastern monsoon, and in summer – the South-West. Therefore, it is believed that the rest in the winter season is better on the South-West coast, and in the summer season – in the North-East. Although the sun in Sri Lanka always and everywhere abound. And prolonged tropical showers here is almost never, such as in Thailand, and precipitation resembles a warm summer rain, which quickly passes usually in the evening or at night, bringing a pleasant coolness. Between seasons, when the monsoon subside, can go zenithal rains-it’s short showers usually in the afternoon, when the sun is at its Zenith.
Convention on the seasons in Sri Lanka has created a number of advantages for the low season: prices are much lower, including accommodation, fruits, sea products, rental transport, etc., the number of tourists at times less (for those who like to retire), Matures a lot of fruit and caught the fish, which is not in high season, and the weather is the same wonderful 30, and hide for half an hour from the rain under the palm leaf will add only romance. The only thing if you want to travel during the rainy season in the depths of the island, there is a possibility that You will not get because of the erosion of local roads.
Summing up, we can say that the favorable climate of Sri Lanka gives the opportunity to relax and have fun at any time of the year, 365 days a year. Therefore, you can plan your vacation at any time, even spontaneously. Arriving on the island in any of the months of the year, You can easily find a comfortable area, whether it is South-West coast or North-East, and enjoy the beautiful island, visiting its Central highlands.
In January, because of the North-Eastern monsoon, the most favorable weather is on the South-West coast of Sri Lanka. Popular resorts are flourishing: Negombo, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and others. The number of tourists is significantly increased due to the new Year holidays and vacations, and the weather here favors. Quite dry, the average temperature is about 31 degrees Celsius, warm ocean + 28°C, and the waves are not very large, and the sea breeze blows cool. Rains in January on the South-West coast are very rare and are mostly at night.
Weather in February in Sri Lanka is not much different from January: everything is also dry and warm, especially on the South-West coast of Ceylon. In the southern resorts the temperature can reach + 32°C, and the rains are still rare. Tourist flows are growing, at the expense of those who did not have time to come in January. The waves on the ocean are calm and everything is for a beach holiday. In addition, there is a great opportunity to travel within the island: visit national parks and reserves, climb the mountains through the jungle and waterfalls, visit the ancient rock temples and capture the fascinating natural views.
March continues to pamper visitors of the South-West coast with its weather. The air +31, water +28 and the relatively calm ocean are ideal for swimmers. Here it is still warm and dry, while on the East coast, though short-term, but heavy rainfall. Weather favors and to visit attractions in the depths of the island: ancient cities and temples, parks and reserves. March is a great time for rafting on the rivers of Ceylon, and the calm ocean attracts a large number of diving enthusiasts especially on the coral reefs in the vicinity of Hikkaduwa. In March, you can also witness the local religious holidays: Maha Sivaratri, the birthday of the prophet Muhammad, Good Friday, which are accompanied by a very colorful spectacle.
April in Sri Lanka is considered to be the hottest month of the year. The air temperature is + 34 during the day and +30 at night. This is only a couple of degrees higher compared to the coldest month – December, so you will not feel the difference and will be able to enjoy a beach holiday in the South-Western resorts of the island. The southwest monsoon comes here usually at the end of April and brings long-awaited rains of coolness. Visiting Ceylon in April, be sure to plunge into the enchanting atmosphere of the new year celebration (Sinhala and Tamil), the date of Which is associated with the birthday of the Buddha. In any case, You will be impressed for a long time.
In may, in the South-West of Sri Lanka monsoon winds come, bringing excitement to the ocean and daily short rains, giving coolness usually in the evening or at night. Now you can pay attention to the East coast of Ceylon with its resorts: Arugam Bay, battikaloa, Nilaveli, Pasikudah, Uppuveli, Kalkudah, Trincomalee. Resort infrastructure is not as developed as on the West coast, but the weather and nature never ceases to delight beach lovers: air +30, water +28. In may, Sri Lanka especially attracts a large number of fans of all types of surfing because of the big waves raging almost around the entire island. Well, who will be lucky, may 1 will be able to participate in the celebration of the International day of Workers.
In June, the monsoon continues to affect the South-West of Sri Lanka, but rainfall brings less than in may. In General, the temperature regime remains stable for the whole island: during the day +30, the ocean – not below +27°C. June is favorable for traveling around the island, including visits to the Holy places of the “cultural triangle of Sri Lanka”-these are the Royal capitals: Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, polonnaruva, Kandy. And the most courageous will be able to make a night ascent to the sacred top of the mountain Peak of Adam and meet the unforgettable beauty of the sunrise.
Thanks to the July calm of the South-West monsoon, beautiful Sunny weather is established all over the island. In the South +30°C, but in the East can reach + 35°C. Rains are extremely rare and only in some areas. July is very popular among the local population, so you should worry about finding accommodation in advance. And on the East coast the most popular Trincomalee beach Nilaveli. The climate here is more dry and hot compared to the South-West, and the most beautiful bays attract calm ocean, protected by a coral reef led by Pigeon island.
Weather in August in Sri Lanka continues to favor a comprehensive rest throughout the island. School holidays continue and the flow of tourists is only increasing, both foreign and local. But free seats on psyche abound around the island. Monsoon in the South-West is still in calm, rains are very rare and mostly at night. And the East is still hot and dry. The most beautiful beach of the Eastern coast is considered to be the Bay Pasikuda in Batticaloa district. August you will be pleasantly surprised by the prices, which at this time are much lower. And, of course, be sure to visit Kandy Grand celebration of Perahera, which is held annually in August and is accompanied by a fascinating carnival procession of elephants.
In September, the southwest monsoon intensifies, bringing more rainfall and less Sunny days to the South-West of the island. The beaches on this part of the island are much empty of tourists, the prices are still becoming more attractive. Weather in September is more attractive in the North and East of the island. Here, the stability of the smooth weather, the sun and the warm ocean never cease to please tourists.
October in Sri Lanka is not the best time for a relaxing beach holiday. At this time on the island, the change of the monsoon winds that bring precipitation across the island. Therefore, with Sunny weather, you can simply not guess when it can rain everywhere. Although on the East coast the ocean is calm and still: air +30, water +28. In the Central areas of Ceylon is hot and there is a high probability of heavy rains, which can lead to erosion of roads and landslides.
In November, about the South-West monsoon can be completely forgotten and the most popular resorts of the South-West coast is set beautiful dry weather. High season takes effect. Rains are almost there, while in the North-Eastern part of the island began to dominate the monsoon, irrigating the North and East of Ceylon rains. Tourists begin to arrive and prices begin to rise. The Central areas of the island are easily accessible.
High season is in full swing. In the popular resorts of the South-West coast of Sri Lanka established dry and Sunny weather, and Europeans rushed to the comfortable beaches of Ceylon from the cold winter. And the number of tourists begins to grow significantly with the approach of school holidays and the New Year. Great weather, stunning ocean and endless beaches will not leave you indifferent to this beauty.