Weather and Climate in Sri Lanka


When to travel to Sri Lanka?

In Sri Lanka you will experience, as in many of the other Asian countries, a variation in the weather. When to travel to Sri Lanka therefore largely depends on what you would like to experience and what destinations you want to visit. The weather will never disappoint, 20 – 30 degrees all day, all year round. In the highlands, however, the temperature can reach down to just 10 degrees heat. A warm sweater for the cool evening hours can therefore be convenient when traveling to Sri Lanka .

General about climate and weather in Sri Lanka

According to Sunglasseswill, Sri Lanka is a special island, in terms of weather and climate. Sri Lanka is located southeast of India, and is like other Asian countries a popular destination. Among other things, Asia is popular for their very hot and tropical climate, and this is also true in Sri Lanka. The temperatures for water and weather are good all year round, so there is not a definite bad season to go on holiday to Sri Lanka.

The weather in Sri Lanka is a bit more complicated than in other Asian countries. Partly because the weather is divided into two seasons. This means that when there is rainy season in the south, it is dry and hot in the north and vice versa. This is a clear advantage for the island, as there will therefore always be a place on the island where there is good weather and where one can experience this unique and amazing country.

Southwest Sri Lanka

In the southwestern part of Sri Lanka, the monsoon season announces its arrival from May to August. This is called the Yala Monsoon. Both Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo and the popular city of Galle are located in southwestern Sri Lanka.

If you visit the area during the high season from December to March, you can expect high sun and dry weather. It is fantastic to replace the cold Danish winter with a trip to Sri Lanka and the spectacular areas in the southwest.

Colombo Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Christmas Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rain 55 74 136 250 382 286 124 116 236 371 306 166
Mine. temp. 22 23 24 24 25 25 25 25 25 24 23 23
Max. temp. 31 31 32 32 31 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

Northeast Sri Lanka

In the northeastern part of Sri Lanka, the monsoon season is called the Maha monsoon. This rainy period lasts from October to January. In this area you will find beautiful Trincomalee.

If you are traveling to Sri Lanka during the Danish summer, travel northeast. Here the weather stays dry from March to September. Then you can enjoy the area’s fantastic beach paradise, the azure sea and the tranquil surroundings.

Trincomalee Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Christmas Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rain 126 106 56 55 49 25 63 84 96 223 343 367
Mine. temp. 24 25 25 26 27 27 26 26 25 25 24 24
Max. temp. 28 29 31 33 35 35 34 34 34 32 29 28

High season in Sri Lanka

This country is quite special, because here is no high season. Therefore, you can travel to Sri Lanka all year round without hesitation. Just be aware of what part of the country you are visiting.

The weather in Sri Lanka is generally hot and you will experience temperatures around 30 degrees all year round. In other words, you are always guaranteed beach weather on your trip. If you have to explore the mountains in the central highlands, however, the temperature can dive a bit.

As is the case in the other Asian countries, rain can also occur all year round in Sri Lanka, but as the weather is always hot, the rain showers are experienced as a refreshing breeze inland.

Questions from the travelers

What was the name of Sri Lanka in the past?

Sri Lanka was a British colony until 1948 and was named Ceylon, which the island retained until 1972.

Are there malaria mosquitoes in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has in the past had challenges with malaria mosquitoes, but in 2016 was declared malaria free by the WHO .

Can you travel to Sri Lanka with children?

Yes, you can without a doubt. Sri Lanka offers a wide range of fantastic experiences that can enchant both children and adults.

When is the rainy season in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has a relatively long rainy season, extending from May to November, but even in the rainy season, Sri Lanka is worth a visit. It typically rains very heavily for a few hours, and then it clears up again.

What language do they speak in Sri Lanka?

The official language of Sri Lanka is the Indo-Aryan language Sinhala, spoken by about three quarters of the population. In addition, there is the Dravidian language Tamil, spoken by about a quarter of the population.

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