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The western and southern areas experience their monsoon season during May to September while the northern and eastern areas are affected by the monsoon between October to January. The island is certainly a year-round destination as while one area is might be off-limits due to poor weather; the other region is likely to be experiencing good conditions.

The recommended time for a Sri Lankan getaway is during either coast's dry season - April to November for the eastern coast and December to March for the west coast and central highlands. Christmas and the New Year are particularly popular times to go to Sri Lanka, while July and August represent festival season on the island – if travelling during either time it is recommended to book well in advance to guarantee accommodation.

Generally speaking, upland areas of Sri Lanka are cooler and more temperate, with a yearly average around 16-20ºC, and coastal areas are warmer with average temperatures around 27ºC. The March-June season experiences slightly higher temperatures of up to 33ºC, while the temperatures in November-January are a few degrees lower at around 24ºC at the coast. Humidity is typically rather high in Sri Lanka, averaging out at around 80% year-round. As the nation is located in the tropics, the weather can be severely affected by El Niño. Though this irregular phenomenon only occurs around every three to seven years, it can impact an area’s weather for an extended length of time, raising the possibility of severe floods and storms.

Required clothing: 

The weather in Sri Lanka can be unpredictable during any season so depending on where in the country you’re going, it’s best to take layers. The central highlands can be significantly cooler throughout the year, so you’ll need warmer clothes here. Lightweight rainwear is also recommended any time of year.


Average min and max temperatures in Colombo, Sri Lanka   Copyright © 2013 www.weather-and-climate.com

Average rainy days (rain/snow) in Colombo, Sri Lanka   Copyright © 2013 www.weather-and-climate.com