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Climate and weather of Sri Lanka



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Sri Lanka




 

Climate

 
Sri Lanka has two different climatic zones.

Temperatures range between 28 and 32° during the year (they reach 20 to 24° in the mountains). The annual rains are higher in the west (1 500 mm in the northwest and 2 500 mm in the southwest) than in the east (1500 mm).

The west coast of Sri Lanka
The west coast has an equatorial climate with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons.

First rainy season (Apri to June) and second rainy season (October to December)
Temperatures are constant (30°) and rainfall is abundant.

First dry season (January to,March) and second dry season (July to September)
Temperatures are stable (30°) and rainfall is moderate. Sunshine is high (six to eight hours per day).

The east coast of Sri Lanka
The east coast has a tropical climate with a rainy season and a dry season.

Rainy season (October to January)
Temperatures are high (28°) and rainfall is abundant.

Dry season (February to September)
Temperatures reach 32° and rainfall is low. The sun shines six to eight hours a day.

 When to go to Sri Lanka (pleasant climate) 
The climate of Sri Lanka is pleasant during the following months :

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

 

Weather

(main cities) 
Average temperatures and rainfall

Colombo (Capital of Sri Lanka)

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
31°
31°
32°
32°
31°
30°
min
22°
22°
24°
24°
25°
25°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
30°
30°
30°
30°
30°
30°
min
25°
25°
25°
24°
23°
23°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
60
60
120
250
380
180
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
120
110
230
370
300
160

Batticaloa

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
28°
28°
30°
32°
33°
33°
min
25°
26°
26°
27°
28°
28°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
32°
32°
31°
30°
28°
27°
min
26°
26°
26°
25°
25°
25°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
250
110
70
50
40
20
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
30
50
60
170
330
400

Weather data (temperatures and precipitation) for Sri Lanka are derived from monthly averages established over the last twenty years.

Sri Lanka weather (more cities)


 Quick facts 
Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean, southeast of India and northeast of The Maldives.

Capital: Colombo
Area: 65 000 kmē
Population: 22 000 000 inhabitants
Languages: Sinhala, Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan rupee

Sri Lanka










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